Chief Minister’s Girl Child Protection Scheme

The Chief Minister’s Girl Child Protection Scheme, introduced by the then Hon’ble Chief Minister of TamilNadu in 1992, is a pioneering and path-breaking scheme for the welfare of girl child. The Girl Child Protection Scheme is aimed at preventing gender discrimination by empowering and protecting rights of girl Children through direct investment from Government.

The scheme aims to:

  • Promote enrollment and retention of the girl child in school and to ensure her education at least up to intermediate level.
  • Encourage girls to get married only after the age of 18 years.
  • Encourage parents to adopt family planning norm with two girl children.
  • Protect the rights of the girl child and provide social and financial empowerment to girl child.
  • Strengthen the role of the family in improving the status of the girl child.

Mode of Deposits under the Scheme

Scheme-I

  An amount of Rs. 50,000 is deposited in the name of the girl child born on or after 01/08/2011, in the form of fixed deposit with the Tamil Nadu Power Finance and Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited, for a family with one girl child only. The copy of the fixed deposit receipt is given to the family of the girl child.

Scheme-II

An amount of Rs. 25,000 is deposited in the names of two girl children born on or after 01/08/2011 in the form of fixed deposit with Tamil Nadu Power Finance and Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited, for a family with two girl children only. The copy of the fixed deposit receipt is given to the family of the girl children.

The above deposit is renewed at the end of every 5 years and on completion of 18 years of age the amount deposited along with interest will be given to the girl child. To get this benefit, the girl child should appear for 10th standard public examination. Thus, the matured amount will help the girl child to pursue her higher education.  The new scheme implemented from  01.08.2011 has  maturity benefits as detailed below.

Details of Final Maturity

 

 

Sl.     No.

 

Schemes

 

Initial Deposit Amount

            (Rs.)

 

Maturity payable after           18 years

1

Scheme-I

            50,000

Rs.3,00,232

2

Scheme-II

25,000

(for each girl child)

Rs.1,50,117

(for each girl child)

 

From the year 2013-14, the benefits provided under the Marriage Assistance Scheme have also been extended to the beneficiaries under the Girl Child Protection Scheme who were enrolled in the years from 1992 to 1995.

An annual incentive of Rs.1800 is given to the girl child every year from the 6th year of deposit in order to meet education expenses.

For this scheme, the Annual income limit was enhanced from Rs. 24,000/- to Rs.72000/- with effect from 14.10.2014 for both Schemes.

 

 Impact of the Scheme

The increasing trend in the female literacy of Tamil Nadu from 64.55% in 2001 to 73.44% in 2011 and the reduction in the dropout rate of girl children can also be attributed to the scheme. So far 868077 beneficiaries have been benefitted under this scheme from 1997-2017.