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Bhopal City
Girl child a matter of pride and respect for family, says Shivraj Singh

BHOPAL: Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that birth of a girl child is a matter of pride and respect for family. Ladli Laxmi Yojana aims to ensure this. The scheme should be conducted with this spirit. Women and Child Development Minister Maya Singh and Chief Secretary Anthony de Sa were also present on the occasion.

In the state, society’s positive inclination towards daughters has increased. Annual Health Survey shows increase in girls’ birth per 1000 boys. Gender ratio was 911 in year 2010-11, which has increased to 916 in year 2012-13.

The Chief Secretary said that the scheme is an effective tool for social change. It should be conducted in such a way that beneficiaries should not run about for availing benefit and get it easily and respectfully.

The meeting was informed about making the scheme more effective. It was informed that now the state government will give a certificate in place of national savings certificate. Ladli Laxmi will be paid Rs. one lakh at the age of 21 through e-payment. The department will monitor health and educational activities of every Ladli Laxmi.

It was informed that a study on impact of the scheme by Academy of Administration has found that 77 percent families have used scheme’s amount for girl’s education or have invested for family’s betterment. In eastern and northern areas of the state, it has been used in marriages of girls. The study showed that over 80 percent people have become aware of girls’ necessity and importance.

Principal Secretary Women and Child Development JN Kansotiya, Commissioner Women’s Empowerment Kalpana Shrivastava, Secretary to CM Vivek Agrawal and OSD Komal Singh were present on the occasion.