Bihar CM Nitish launches scheme for girl child post Muzaffapur sex scandal

Vastavam web: Amid a barrage of attacks over the Muzaffarpur sex scandal, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has launched an ambitious scheme which promises to provide Rs 54,100 from the birth of a girl child till she graduates.Kumar launched the ‘Mukhyamantri Kanya Utthan Yojana’ here on Friday and expressed his government’s resolve for empowerment of women.

In his launch speech, Kumar talked about his happiness over the start of the scheme, but at the same time said he was “standing here with mixed feelings” over the case of sex abuse at a state-funded girls’ shelter home at Muzaffarpur”.The scheme, launched by Nitish Kumar government in 2006, providing bicycles to school going girls, has won laurels in the country and abroad.

He also announced doubling the amount for purchase of sanitary napkin to Rs 300 from existing Rs 150 under the ‘Kishori Swasthya Yojna.’The ambitious ‘Mukhyamantri Kanya Utthan Yojana’ will be run by three departments education, health and social welfare.Giving details of the scheme, Kumar had said on birth of a girl child her family would get Rs 2000. After preparation of her Aadhaar card, the family would get an additional amount of Rs 1000.On clearance of Intermediate, a sum of Rs 10,000 will be given to encourage her to pursue higher education. For this, only unmarried girls are eligible.

After doing graduation, she will get Rs 25,000.This will be applicable to married as well unmarried women of a family having only two girls.A sum of Rs 7221 crore will be spend in a year on the programme.State Health Minister Mangal Pandey told that the scheme which provides incentive for completing immunisation within two years of birth will help in maintaining good health of girls.