Bangaru Talli scrapped

Bangaru Talli scrapped
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The Telangana government on Friday scrapped the Girl Child Protection Scheme (GSPC), famously known as ‘ Bangaru Talli.’   This has left around one lakh beneficiaries in disarray.

Hyderabad: The Telangana government on Friday scrapped the Girl Child Protection Scheme (GSPC), famously known as ‘ Bangaru Talli.’ This has left around one lakh beneficiaries in disarray.

Secretary to Department for Women, Children, Disabled and Senior Citizen issued an order repealing the Andhra Pradesh Bangaru Talli Girl Child Promotion and Empowerment act -2013.

The official said that owing to the shortfalls in overseeing the Bangaru Talli Programme and since it has failed to reach the deserving girl children and introduction of several other beneficial schemes by the present government after bifurcation of the state for the girl child, the government felt that continuation of the programme was not required.

The other important factors for disbanding the programme are – the absence of effective mechanism for its implementation and the launch of Arogya Lakshmi Programme and Kalyana Lakshmi/Shadi Mubarak Scheme for the marriage of girl children by allocating crores of rupees every year, the order said.

The official said though it was an act passed by the state Assembly during the undivided Andhra Pradesh, Telangana State government exercising the powers conferred under section 101 of Andhra Pradesh State Reorganisation Act , had decided to repeal the Act.

The scheme was launched by the last chief minister of united Andhra Pradesh N Kiran Kumar Reddy in 2013. After the division, Telagnana government put the scheme in cold storage by not allocating required funds in 2014 and 2015 and 2016 budget proposals.

Under the scheme if a woman gives birth to a baby girl, Rs 2,500 was to be deposited into her account. Rs 1000 was to be given for the first 2 years at the time of immunisation. Rs 1,500 was to be given every year to the family through Anganwadis till the baby attained the age of 5 years.

At the time of admission to school, Rs 2,000 was to be given every year for her studies from the first to the fifth standard and Rs 2,500 from sixth to eighth standard, Rs 3,000 for ninth and tenth standard. For the girl’s study of Intermediate, she will be given Rs 3,500 each yea, and Rs 4,000 a year during graduation.

At the time of marriage every girl will get Rs 25,000 for expenses. Officials said that all the beneficiaries of Bangaru Talli have been denied the benefits as the TS government stopped releasing funds to the scheme in the last three years. After scrapping the scheme, the enrolled families would be left in the lurch.

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