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Introduction

Indian society even today has a very unfavourable sex ratio, and the number of girl children is far lesser when compared to boys. While the birth of a boy is celebrated, the birth of a female child is often considered as a bad omen in many parts of the country especially in the northern belt. This is particularly because of lack of education and awareness and availability of equal opportunities for the females to grow and have a better future like their male counterparts.

Females are subject to many atrocities like female infanticide, child marriages, human trafficking, domestic violence, etc. due to which they do not get their due chance to have a better and a prosperous future for themselves and their families. To curb these practices and to give females a better chance at getting good education, reducing child marriages and thereby, giving them a better life, the Central Government and State Government have launched many schemes and initiatives that promote and welcome the birth of the girls in our society and also change the perspective of our society.

The Haryana State Government has come out with one such scheme namely, the Ladli Scheme. This scheme strives to change the perspective of the society towards the birth of a girl child in a family and ensure that girl children receive a good education and an opportunity to have a successful future.

History of the Ladli Scheme

Ladli Scheme is the welfare initiative of the State Government of Haryana to help the females of the state especially those that come from the weaker sections of the society. It was launched with a view to curb the rising cases of female infanticide and which have been very high in the State of Haryana. The scheme was launched for the benefit of female children in rural and urban areas of Haryana.

The Ladli Scheme was launched under the Ministry of Women and Child Development of Haryana State Government. The scheme was specifically launched for the parents having two girl children in the family as a monetary incentive to promote the birth of female children and to ensure that they get good education as well.

The scheme came into effect from the year 2005 and is applicable for families having a second girl child born after 20th August 2005.

Objectives of the Ladli Scheme

The scheme was initiated primarily with an intention to create awareness and acceptance regarding the birth of a girl child. The society in Haryana has traditionally been a male dominated society and the birth of a girl child has always been considered as bad omen or a bad luck for the family. The State Government launched the Ladli Scheme to remove the stigma attached to the birth of the girl child. Another aim of the scheme was to increase the sex ratio in the state of Haryana and to provide good education opportunities to all the females of the state.

Features and Benefits of Ladli Scheme

Ladli Scheme ensures that the girls have a monetary benefit to pursue good education and avail lump sum amount at the time of attaining the age of 18 years.

The monetary benefits allotted under the scheme are mentioned below.

  • The scheme provides for a provision of Rs. 5,000 per year per family for a period of five years.
  • This amount is invested in Kisan Vikas Patra and such investment is made in the name of the mother of the girl child.
  • If the mother of the child is not alive, such investment is made in the name of the father of the girl child.
  • This accumulated amount is allotted to the girl child when she attains the age of 18 years.
  • In case of birth of twin girls, the incentive provided under the scheme starts immediately. The amount is provided in two installments. The first installment is provided within a month of the birth of the second girl child.
  • The amount of incentive provided in case of twin girls stops immediately in case one of the twin girls does not survive.
  • The amount of incentive provided is irrespective of any caste, creed, family income or religion of the eligible family or even the number of sons in the family of the eligible girl child.

Eligibility for Ladli Scheme

The scheme is available to all the residents of the state of Haryana and is primarily for the girls of the state belonging to rural or urban areas. The eligibility criteria set by the state ensures that maximum girls get the benefit of the scheme and is thus a success in achieving the objectives of the scheme.

The eligibility criteria set by the State Government for this scheme is mentioned below.

  • The girl child and her parents have to be resident of the State of Haryana.
  • They should have the domicile certificate to prove their eligibility.
  • It is mandatory for at least one parent to reside in Haryana with the girl child.
  • There should be two girl children in the family.
  • The second girl child should be born on or after 20thy of August 2005 to be eligible under the scheme.
  • The pregnant woman should be registered with the nearest Anganwadi Center.
  • The birth of the girl child should be duly registered.
  • The girl child has to be enrolled at the nearest Anganwadi Center.
  • The girl child has to be duly immunized as per the requirements of the state and such immunization records have to be presented if required at the time of receiving the payment under the scheme.

Documents Required for Ladli Scheme

The documents required for Ladli Scheme are very basic KYC documents that prove the eligibility of the girl child. The documents have to be submitted along with the application form to make the application complete and to ensure that the girl child gets the benefits provided under the scheme. The list of documents needed to be submitted under the Ladli Scheme is mentioned below.

  • Duly filled Application Form for Ladli Scheme
  • Identity proof of the Parents or the Legal Guardians of the girl child (Aadhaar Card, Passport, Voter Id Card, Driving License, etc.)
  • Address proof of the Parents or the Legal Guardian of the girl child (Aadhaar Card, Voter Card, Utility Bills, PAN Card, etc.)
  • Domicile Certificate of the Parents
  • BPL Card (if available)
  • Income Certificate of the Parents
  • Birth Certificate of the girl child
  • Caste Certificate of the parents
  • Recent Passport Size Photographs of the girl child
  • Bank Account details of the Mother (copy of first page of the passbook of such bank account can be submitted)

These documents have to be submitted in the physical form as per the guidelines of the scheme. If the documents are not in order, the application may be rejected by the competent authority and the benefits under the scheme will not be granted to the girl child. The applicants may be required to submit additional documents along with those mentioned above at the discretion of the competent authority.

How to apply for the benefits of the Ladli Scheme?

The application process for Ladli Scheme of is an offline application process. This means that the applicants have to physically submit the application to the authorized centers or designators. Following are the authorities or places where the applicants can source the application for Ladli Scheme are mentioned below.

  • Anganwadi Centers
  • Offices of Child Development Project Officers in rural and urban areas
  • Life Insurance Offices

The application form of the Ladli Scheme can be filled with assistance of the Anganwadi workers or the Health Staff of the rural or urban areas.

After getting the application form from the above sources, and duly filling them, the application form has to be submitted along with the necessary documents. This will make the application complete. After submitting the application, once it is approved, the applicant will get a unique id in the name of the girl child and the amount will be transferred to the unique id after verifying the same.

For this the applicant will have to open a zero balance account where the monetary incentive offered under the scheme will be transferred in favour of the eligible girl child.

For claiming the benefits under the Ladli Scheme of the Haryana Government, the eligible girl child has to be over 18 years of age. The applicants will have to fill the claim form for Ladli Scheme to get the benefit under the scheme. This claim form has to include the permanent address of the applicant and the corresponding documents for the same for such claim to be valid and complete.

FAQs – Ladli Scheme

1. What is the Ladli Scheme?

Ladli Scheme is the socio-welfare scheme of the State Government of Haryana to promote the birth of girl child and to eventually balance the sex ratio in the state.

2. How can a person apply for the Ladli Scheme of the Haryana State Government?

The Ladli scheme of the Haryana State Government can be applied through any of the following sources available in rural or urban areas of the state.

  • Anganwadi Centers
  • Offices of Child Development Project Officers in rural and urban areas
  • Life Insurance Offices

3. What is the monetary benefit under the Ladli scheme of Haryana State Government?

Customers get the following monetary benefits under the Ladli Scheme of Haryana State Government.

  • Rs. 5,000 per year per family for a period of five years.
  • This accumulated amount is transferred directly to the zero balance account of the beneficiary girl child. If there does not exist a zero balance account, a new zero balance account has to be opened in the name of the beneficiary girl child to avail the benefits under the scheme.
  • The amount is transferred when the girl child attains the age of 18 years.
  • The documents to be provided at such time should include the permanent address of the girl child along with bank passbook, 10th and 12th mark sheets, bank passbook copy and finally a valid and active mobile number registered with the scheme.

4. What is the minimum age to be eligible to avail the accumulated the benefits under the Ladli scheme?

The minimum qualifying age to avail the monetary benefits under the scheme is 18 years.

5. What is the maximum number of girls that can be eligible for the benefit under the scheme?

The scheme permits maximum two girls from each eligible family to qualify for the benefit under the scheme.

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