Incentives to Girls for Secondary Education
The Scheme will cover (i) all SC/ST girls who pass class VIII and (ii) girls, who
pass class VIII examination from Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidhalayas (irrespective of
whether they belong to Scheduled Castes or Tribes) and enroll for class IX in State/UT
Government, Government-aided or local body schools in the academic year 2008-09
onwards. Married girls will be excluded from the scheme. Girl children studying in
private unaided schools are proposed to be excluded since a majority of such schools
charge high fees and therefore, parents of such girl students may not require the financial
assistance that is being offered under this scheme. Students enrolled in schools run by
Central Government are also being excluded from the scheme, as these children are either
fully provided for already, or are those of Central Government employees, who can
afford education of their children, without further support
The girl child receiving incentive may be entitled to draw the amount on attainment of 18 years of age. The amount of incentive may be transferred to the Central Government’s account in the unfortunate event of the death of the student before attaining the age of 18 years.
To be eligible for the benefit under the scheme the girl should be unmarried and should be below 16 years of age (as on 31st March) on joining class IX. The target group is estimated to be 11.72 lakh, 12.31 lakh, 12.92 lakh and 13.57 lakh girls in 2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11 and 2011-12 respectively. In addition, the scheme is made applicable to the girls, who pass class VIII examination from Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidhyalayas irrespective of whether they belong to Scheduled Castes or Tribes. This target group will be 11.91 lakhs, 12.50 lakhs, 13.12 lakhs and 13.78 lakhs girls in 2008-09, 2009-10, 2010- 11 and 2011-12 respectively. Since, SC/ST girls of KGBVs are already counted, the additional financial implication will be on account of non-SC/ST girls in KGBVs which are estimated as 0.185 lakh, 0.194 lakh, 0.204 lakh and 0.214 lakh in 2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11 and 2011-12 respectively. Total financial implication of the scheme in the remaining four years of 11th Five Year Plan will be Rs.1556.73 crore, which is Rs. 56.73 crore more to Rs. 1500.00 crore allotted for the scheme in 11th Five Year Plan.
1% of the total incentive amount each year will be spent on administration, monitoring and evaluation.
There would be no restriction based on income criteria for grant of incentive to girls, because SC/ST girls and girls passing out from KGBVs and studying in Government, Government-aided and local body schools would generally be from disadvantaged section of the society.
State/ UT Governments, Schools controlled and managed by State Governments.
Local Bodies and Aided Private Schools and Panchayati Raj Institutions will be the implementing partners.
The amount of incentive may be released to the State/ UT Governments for depositing, the same in favour of the eligible girls.
A sum of Rs. 3000 (Rupees three thousand only) would be deposited under term deposit/ fixed deposit in a public sector bank or in a post office in the name of every eligible girl child. The term/ period of the deposit may be counted from the date of deposit to the date on which the girl child attains the age of 18 years. No premature withdrawal will be allowed.