Women’s day is not about giving women free spas, discount vouchers, buy one-get one free pizzas. It is about empowering them in truest sense, making them aware of their rights and freedoms, letting them get an education, be independent and free.
Haqdarshak is a platform that helps Indian citizens benefit from various welfare schemes and facilities that the state and individual entities have provided for. Mostly we are unaware of the provisions that we can utilise from, hence miss the initial steps that could push our journey ahead towards a better life.
Here are seven schemes from all over the country that one can use to help a girl child grow into a young confident and empowered woman.
As the day is celebrated to acknowledge the struggle that has gone into bridging the gap, breaking the glass ceiling, these schemes are just the starting points of making the girls step forward, out of their homes to attend schools, to have their own businesses, and to attain financial independence.
Get informed and share with the ones who can benefit the most.
Tata Isaathis, our Haqdarshaks at a Digital Fair in Faridabad, Haryana confidently spreading the word about various schemes.
Ladli aims to promote socio-economic development of the girl child by providing education-linked financial assistance to girls born in Delhi, which they can claim after they have passed class X and attained the age of 18 years.
Sukanya Samridhi Yojana
The scheme ensures savings accounts for the girl children at higher rate of interest: 8.6%. The account can be opened by a parent or a guardian.
The benefit is extended for a maximum of two girl children only of same parents, unless it is a triplet.
Right to Education
Be it a girl child or a boy child, RTE has been an instrumental scheme in taking us all to a highway to better lives. For girl children specifically,
Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009, ensures 25 per cent seats would be reserved in unaided schools of all boards from playgroup level to Class 8 for free education to be provided to disabled children or children belonging to economically weaker section or those belonging to deprived castes or minority religious groups. For girl children specifically, this is a very helpful first step to move forward as empowered women.
Apki Beti, Hamari beti
In Haryana to level up the gender ratio, the Ministry of Women and Child Development have launched a financial aid scheme to the families where a girl child is born. All SC families whose 1st girl child is born on or after 22 January 2015 will receive one time grant of Rs.21,000/-
Education Loan Scheme under Haryana Women Development Corporation Ltd
Education Loan Scheme for female students to pursue higher education at Graduate/ Post Graduate/ Doctoral / Post Doctoral level in the country and abroad. Under this scheme Corporation will give interest subsidy of 5% to the banks to reduce burden on the student. Applicant can a domicile of Haryana or her parents must be employees of Govt Of Haryana.
Mahila Samrudhi Yojna
To make them women self reliant and self sufficient, this scheme provides for one time financial assistance up to Rs. 30,000 provided to women belonging to SC category earning an annual income of up to Rs. 1 lakh for setting up a business.
Mahila Adhikarita Yojana
The scheme aims to help Safai karamcharies/scavengers and their daughters. The scheme provides for loans of up to Rs 75000 to be provided to these women for small business at 5% interest rates.