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The government of India has started many initiatives over the years for the welfare and betterment of the citizens of the country. These initiatives are for citizens from every walk of life and are irrespective of their class, caste or religion.
One such initiative taken by the government is Balika Samridhi Yojana. It targets specifically the welfare and betterment of the girl child ensuring that every girl born in economically weaker sections of the society has a better chance to gain good primary as well as secondary education. Additionally, the scheme protects girl children from being a victim of female infanticide or the stigma that is often associated to the birth of a female child in many parts of the country.
Balika Samridhi Yojana was initiated in 1997 and offers financial aid to all girl children born after 15th August 1997. This aid is provided to all girls born in families belonging to the weaker sections of the society both in rural areas and urban areas.
About Balika Samridhi Yojana
Balika Samridhi Yojana was started with a view to ensure that every girl child of the country has a chance of making a better future for herself. The objectives of the scheme are mentioned below:
Balika Samridhi Yojana is available to all girl children who are born in families belonging to economically backward sections of the society, as well as Below Poverty Line (BPL) families.
Following are the details of the eligibility for Balika Samridhi Yojana.
After determining the eligibility, applicants need to provide the following documents to complete their application and get the benefits of the scheme.
Applicants have to provide identity proof for themselves as well as of the parents or the legal guardians of the applicant. Any of the following documents can be provided as identity proof for this purpose.
Another requirement is the address proof of the applicant and the parents or legal guardians. Any of the following documents can be used as address proof for this scheme.
Birth Certificate of the Girl Child
Recent Passport Size Photographs of the applicant
School Admission Certificate
Final Examination Mark sheet
Bank Pass Book of Parents (or Guardians as the case may be)
Below Poverty line Certificate for ascertaining the financial status of the family
Any other documents as may be required at the time of submitting the application for this scheme.
The scheme as mentioned above aims to provide financial assistance for the benefit of the girl child right from the time of her birth till the time such girl child completes her higher secondary education. Financial assistance is provided in two parts. The details of the same are mentioned below.
Class 1 to Class 3
Rs. 300 per annum for each class/standard
Rs. 500 per annum
Rs. 600 per annum
Class 6 and Class 7
Rs. 700 per annum for each class/standard
Rs. 800 per annum
Class 9 and Class 10
Rs. 1,000 per annum for each class/standard
The benefits of the scheme can be obtained by submitting the duly filled application form to the competent authority. The procedure for getting the benefits of this scheme is mentioned below.
Keeping with the digital movement of the country and the attempt to provide banking services to all the citizens of the country, the government may credit the benefits under the scheme directly to the Jan Dhan Account or any other bank account of the beneficiary or the parent or the guardian of such beneficiary.
There are many terms and conditions with respect to every aspect of the scheme. These terms and conditions can be for the disbursal of the benefits i.e. the financial assistance or the use of the funds provided under the scheme or the situations where the benefits under the scheme can be withdrawn.
1. Who is the beneficiary of the Balika Samridhi Yojana?
The beneficiary of the Balika Samridhi Yojana is the girl child born in Below Poverty Line (BPL) households or in Economically Backward Sections (EWS).
2. What is the initial benefit or financial assistance that is provided to the beneficiary girl child under the scheme?
The initial benefit or financial assistance that is provided to the beneficiary girl child is at the time of her birth. The mother of the eligible girl child will receive a one time benefit of Rs. 500.
3. What is the last date to apply for this scheme?
Balika Samridhi Yojana is an open scheme and can be currently applied by any beneficiary girl child.
4. How many girl children from a single family can get the benefit of financial assistance under the scheme?
The benefits of financial assistance can be availed by a maximum of 2 girls from any eligible family.
5. What are the consequences in the event of death of the beneficiary girl child before attaining the age of 18 years?
In the event of death of the girl child before her attaining the age of 18 years, the entire amount accumulated in the account of the beneficiary including the interest accrued can be withdrawn.
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