Balika Samriddhi Yojana

Learn about Balika Samriddhi Yojana and its impact on the lives of girl children in India.
Balika Samriddhi Yojana
4 mins
21 March 2024

Balika Samriddhi Yojana is a government initiative focusing on the welfare of girl children in poor families. It was launched to promote education and health; the scheme provides financial assistance to eligible families. This article explores the key aspects of the program, including its objectives, benefits, and eligibility criteria.

What is Balika Samriddhi Yojana?

Introduced in 1997, the Balika Samridhi Yojana is a government social welfare scheme aiming to boost the education and well-being of the girl child. It provides financial incentives for their education and health, discouraging child marriage and promoting gender equality. The scheme encourages families to open bank accounts in the girl's name. By addressing socio-economic challenges, the Balika Samridhi Yojana empowers girls, enabling them to lead better lives and contribute to society.

The Balika Samridhi Yojana lays a strong foundation for a girl's future. Consider supplementing it with a fixed deposit (FD) in her name. FDs provide guaranteed returns and can help you reach specific financial goals for her education and beyond.

Key features of Balika Samriddhi Yojana

  • Bringing positivity and change in how families and communities view girls and mothers.
  • Protecting and improving girl’s attendance and enrolment in schools.
  • Properly caring for girls until they reach a legal marriageable age.
  • Supporting girls and motivating them to pursue income-generating opportunities for better well-being.

Benefits of Balika Samriddhi Yojana

The Balika Samridhi Yojana scheme offers the following benefits:

  • After the birth of a girl child, a sum of Rs. 500 will be paid.
  • School-going children receive an annual scholarship based on their academic year.

Class

Scholarship amount

1 to 3

Rs. 300

4

Rs. 500

5

Rs. 600

6 and 7

Rs. 700

8

Rs. 800

9 and 10

Rs. 1,000


How to apply for Balika Samriddhi Yojana?

In rural areas, the Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) manages this scheme, while in urban areas, the health department manages it. Families eligible for Balika Samridhi Yojana can follow these application process:

  1. Obtain application forms from Anganwadi workers in rural areas or health department functionaries. Different forms exist for urban and rural beneficiaries.
  2. Fill in all required details on the form.
  3. Submit the completed form.

Documents required for Balika Samriddhi Yojana

  • Girl child's birth certificate.
  • Legal guardian or parents' address proof (driving license, passport, utility bills, ration card, voter ID, or any government-issued proof).
  • Legal guardian or parents' identity proof (PAN card, passport, voter ID, matriculation certificate, or any government-issued certificate for girl child's identity validation).

Eligibility criteria

  • If a girl’s family belongs to the Economically Weaker Section (EWS) and Below Poverty Line (BPL) families.
  • The couple benefiting from the scheme should not be taxed on their earnings.
  • Not receiving a pension or financial support from the Indian government or local organisations.
  • The scheme provides funds only to girls completing their high school education.
  • Limited to 2 girl child each family.
  • The annual income of the parents or guardians of the girl children must not exceed Rs. 2 lakh.

Some other factors to be kept in mind

  • The financial assistance, including the post-birth grant and educational scholarship, is credited to the beneficiary's account.
  • The amount is deposited into an interest-bearing account opened for the beneficiary girl child.
  • The amount must earn the maximum interest, and the beneficiary is advised to look for saving schemes like the Public Provident Fund or National Savings Certificate.
  • A portion of the grant and scholarship can be used for insurance premiums under the Bhagyashri Balika Kalyan Bima Yojana. The annual scholarship can be used for textbooks, uniforms, etc., with the remaining amount deposited in the beneficiary's account.
  • Upon turning 18 years of age and obtaining an unmarried certificate, the girl can withdraw the amount from the interest-bearing account.
  • If the girl marries before 18, she may not receive annual scholarship and accrued interest, receiving only the post-birth grant with accrued interest.
  • In case girl's demise before the age of 18, the entire accumulated amount in her account can be withdrawn.

Conclusion

Balika Samriddhi Yojana emerges as a valuable government effort to support the well-being of girls in financially challenged families. This article has aimed to provide basic insights into the program, outlining its objectives. By focusing on education and health, this yojana helps to bring positive changes to the lives of eligible girls.

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