Happiest day of my life, says Mehbooba
SRINAGAR, NOVEMBER 02: – Urging society to become progressive and change its perception towards girl child, Chief Minister, Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, Monday said nations cannot grow if they continue to discriminate between children on the basis of gender.
He said girls require economic security, just as boys do, and access to quality education and jobs so that they become equal partners in progress and development of the state. “Please provide girls a level-playing field as they have the ability to match and even surpass our expectations,” he stated.
The Chief Minister made these observations after formally launching path-breaking Ladli Betischeme, a social security scheme for girls born in low-income families, here at SKICC today.
He also launched an insurance-based scheme – AASRA, which aims at providing security to low-income groups, in the event of death or disability.
Besides Member Parliament and PDP President, Mehbooba Mufti, Minister for Horticulture, Haj & Auqaf, A. R. Veeri, Minister for Public Works, Floriculture, Gardens & Parks, Syed Altaf Bukhari, Minister for Forest and Social Welfare, Bali Baghat, Advisor to the Chief Minister, Prof. Amitabh Mattoo and Minister of State for Health & Social Welfare, Asiea Naqash were present on the occasion.
Referring to the difficult task of bringing up a child, the Chief Minister said Ladli Beti scheme will provide much-needed economic security to the girl child born in a poor family. “It is a revolutionary step towards social security of the girls,” he said, adding the scheme will come as a huge relief to those poor parents who live from hand-to-mouth.
Stressing upon providing girl child access to education and jobs, Mufti Sayeed said the government will soon establish IT Parks, both at Jammu and Srinagar, which have the potential to generate employment, particularly for females. He recalled the visit of former Infosys Head N. Narayana Murthy to Srinagar during which Murthy had flagged the issue of bad road connectivity as a major bottleneck to invest in J&K. “I would like to tell the investors now that J&K has come a long way since then,” he said, adding that he has taken up the matter regarding investment in private sector in the state at the highest level.
During his speech, the Chief Minister also announced the introduction of Ladli Beti Scheme in district Kishtwar as well.
A comical monologue, reflecting the transformation which the scheme will bring about, evoked hilarious response from the audience.
The Ladli Beti scheme has been launched in seven districts of the state including Srinagar, Budgam, Pulwama and Anantnag in Kashmir Division. Under the scheme, girls who took birth on or after April 1st 2015 will get Rs.6.5 lakh on attaining the age of 21. Girl child born to parents whose annual income is less than Rs.75000 per annum will be eligible under the scheme.
As many as Rs.1000 per month will be deposited towards the birth of every girl child with effect from April 01, 2015 for the next 14 years. The prescribed application form for the scheme is available in the offices of DPO and CDPOs concerned.
The scheme has been launched in Jammu while the it will be formally introduced in Budgamtomorrow.
The other scheme AASRA is a social assistance scheme aimed at insuring low-income group families having annual income less than Rs.75000. In case of the death of the bread earner, widows and destitute, Rs. 2 lakh will be provided while Rs. 1 lakh will be provided in case of disability due to injury.