The birth of a girl is no longer considered a burden in Madhya Pradesh, in fact the birth of a girl is celebrated with joy. The state’s Ladli Laxmi Yojana was the mainstay of changing this concept. Ladli Laxmi Yojana was put in place by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on April 1, 2007, to fulfill the responsibility of being a true guardian from the birth of the girl to her marriage.
Chouhan’s thinking towards girls has been a sensibility from the start. With this thought, he implemented this program mainly to keep the cornerstone of a good future for the girls giving birth in the state, to improve the sex ratio, improve the education and health status of the girl and develop positive thinking among people towards the little girl. A decade after the success of the scheme, the Ladli Laxmi Act 2018 was also made effective in the state to give it legal form.
Today, more than 42 lakh girls are included in the Ladli Laxmi Yojana in the state. The successful implementation of the program and the positive results are an example for the whole country. Many states have not only appreciated this Madhya Pradesh program but have also implemented it in their own state.
The intention with which Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan launched the program was truly felt and experienced by the beneficiary families in the state. Today, there are more than 39 lakh families in the state, in which all baby girl responsibilities are taken care of by the state government. Ladli Laxmi Yojana also discarded the orthodox traditions adopted towards girls. The effective implementation of the program has also improved the sex ratio in many districts of the state, the greatest example of which has been seen in Bhind district. In 2012, the sex ratio in Madhya Pradesh was 927 women per 1000 men, which has risen to 956 today.
In order to make the program more efficient and fruitful, a new form is given to the program by the Chief Minister. Now many arrangements are being made to link Ladli Laxmis with education and employment, to make them strong, capable, skillful and self-reliant. The government is also taking initiatives to connect girls to higher education, vocational education, employment and self-employment. From now on, a class tracking portal will be developed for the continuity of education of all female students included in the program. Ladli Laxmis will receive the necessary advice and encouragement for higher education as well as technical and vocational education.
The government will also make provision for advising and mentoring competitions, and provide the training and skills development opportunities needed to link to employment in start-ups, small and medium enterprises and the private sector. .
More than 42 lakh girls are registered under Ladli Laxmi Yojana in the state. In order to make the future of the Ladli Laxmis bright, the daughter benefiting from the program receives a scholarship of Rs 2,000 for admission to class VI, Rs 4,000 for admission to class IX, Rs 6,000 for admission to class XI and Rs 6,000 on admission to class XII. In addition, there is a system of payment of Rs one lakh for the girl child to appear in the XII exam, not to marry before the age of 18 and at the end of 21 years.
Recently, Chief Minister Shri Chouhan has also decided to provide an amount of Rs 25,000 to the girls enrolled under the scheme as an incentive to continue their education or undergo vocational training after completing their education up to Class XII .
The program is also linked to health and nutrition for the overall development of the girl child. The provision of other necessary health checks, including vaccination of the beneficiary girl child, anemia and availability of nutritious food, is also ensured.
The habit of saving is also instilled in Ladli Laxmi’s parents by encouraging them to invest in projects like Sukanya Samriddhi for the welfare of girls.
Best Sex Ratio Award
Chief Minister Shri Chouhan has also planned to reward Gram Panchayats and urban local bodies for ensuring better sex ratio in the state.
Important to increase the self-confidence of the little girl
Chief Minister Shri Chouhan believes that Ladli Laxmi Yojna should not just be a program that provides financial assistance. It is also necessary to give a positive environment and constant encouragement to the little girl. Girls need to be made to feel that they are of particular importance to their parents and to society. They must believe that they can achieve new dimensions and achievements in life.
Ladli Laxmis visits Wagah border
On May 2, 178 Ladli Laxmi girls were taken for the first time on an international Wagah-Husainiwala (Punjab) border tour under the relaunched ‘Maa Tujhe Pranam’ scheme in the state. Tricolors and souvenirs were also sent to the Madhya Pradesh side through the Ladli Laxmi girls for the brave soldiers stationed at the Wagah border.