On the occasion of Women’s Day 2016, Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje presented the annual budget report. Along with that, the state government announced two government policies for the betterment of girl child in the state. These two policies are-
1. The Mukhyamantri Rajshri Yojana (MRY)
2. The Mukhyamantri Saksham Balika Yojana (MSBY)
These two flagship projects by the Rajasthan government are expected to encourage girl child birth, educate them and assist in building women empowerment and equality in the state.
Mukhyamantri Rajshri Yojana is a flagship project launched by the Chief Minister of the state. It aims to provide girls the basic right to birth as there have been many instances in the state where girl child is killed in the womb itself. Also, many families consider girl child as a burden to the family and thus, they are not willing to support the girl’s education many a times. This is why the government has launched the Mukhyamantri Rajshri Yojana to support and promote girls’ education and empowerment. This scheme will provide financial support to girl students in the form of grants or you can say ‘scholarships’ in schools. It is going to be pretty beneficial for girl students, especially for them who belong to poor and backward families.
The total financial support provided by this scheme by the government is Rs.50000, which will be provided in 6 different installments at pre-decided intervals.
Before the Mukhyamantri Rajshri Yojana was launched and came into effect, the state government of Rajasthan had launched ‘Mukhyamantri Shubhlaxmi Yojana’ on April 1, 2013 with the aim of encouraging girl child’s birth in the state, the state. Under this scheme, every girl child born on or after April 1, 2013 in government or government recognized hospitals was liable to get financial support from the government so as to provide empowerment to her.
The Mukhyamantri Shubhlaxmi Yojana provided the following benefits to girls born in the state:
The total financial support provided by this scheme by the government was Rs.7300.
On May 31, 2016 at 12 in the night, the Mukhyamantri Shubhlaxmi Yojana came to an end. In place of this scheme, the government newly launched Mukhyamantri Rajshri Yojana has come into effect from June 1, 2016.
Majority of women in the Rajasthan state are not getting proper education and career opportunities. The sex ratio of the state is also not up to the mark. Gender inequality, especially when we talk of the poor, backward and illiterate families, is another alarming issue in the state. In such a scenario, projects like Mukhyamantri Rajshri Yojana that will provide timely scholarships to girl students will surely help in improving the condition of girl children in the state. This policy will assist all girls of Rajasthan, who will take birth after June1, 2016, to get education and other benefits.