Current Scoop: Government Schemes

By BYJU'S Exam Prep

Updated on: September 13th, 2023

General Awareness is a scoring part in competitive exams. In General Awareness, many questions come from government schemes. In this article, we will discuss “Government Schemes” which come under Ministry of Women and Child Development. We will cover remaining schemes in upcoming articles.

Schemes under Ministry of Women and Child Development –

  1. Beti Bachao Beti Padhao (BBBP)-
  • Launched by the PM on January 22, 2015 at Panipat, Haryana.
  • Objective- Improve Child Sex Ratio, Protection and education of girl child.
  • Three ministries are involved which are -Ministries of Women and Child Development, Health & Family Welfare and Human Resource Development.
  • Enforcement of Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (PCP&DT) Act, 1994.
  • Current brand ambassador-Olympic Bronze medallist Sakshi Malik.
  • Initially it was focussed on 100 districts with low Child Sex Ratio.
  • In 2016, 61 more districts added.
  1. Sukanya Samriddhi Yojana-
  • Launched by the Prime Minister on January 21, 2015.
  • Under Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Women and Child Development.
  • It is a part of BBBP (Beti Bachao Beti Padhao).
  • Only for girls whose age are equal or below 10 years.
  • Tenure- 21 years from the date of opening or girl’s marriage
  • Current interest rate- 8.4 Percent.
  • Account can be opened via post offices or commercial banks.
  • Parents or legal guardian can open an account in the name of girl child.
  • Girl Can withdraw 50% of the money after reaching age of 18. Example-For higher education.
  1. POCSO (Protection of Children from Sexual Offenses) e-Box-
  • Online complaint management system
  • Action against the offenders under the POCSO Act, 2012.
  • Any human being up to the age of 18 years is recognised as a child under the POCSO Act.
  1. SHe-box’ (sexual harassment electronic box) portal-
  • Launched in July 2017.
  • Online platform to enable women employees of the central govt. to file complaints related to sexual harassment at the workplace.
  1. ‘SABLA’ Scheme-
  • Also known as Rajiv Gandhi Scheme for Empowerment of Adolescent Girls.
  • Launched in 2010.
  • Development of adolescent girls of 11-18 years by making them ‘self-reliant’.
  • Focus areas- Nutrition, Skill development and Health.
  1. Tejaswini Project-
  • Initially the project has been implemented in 17 districts in Jharkhand.
  • Tejaswini Socio-Economic Empowerment of Adolescent Girls and Young Women (AGYW) Project.
  • Project is financed by World Bank.
  1. Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS)
  • Launched in October 2, 1975.
  • Provides food, education, and primary healthcare to children under 6 years of age and their mothers.
  • Six services are provided under ICDS which are-

(1) Supplementary nutrition (SNP) (2) Immunization (3) Health check-up (4) Referral services (5) Pre-school non-formal education (6) Nutrition & health education are provided.

  • Anyone can visit to the Aanganwadi centre and enroll these services.
  1. Indira Gandhi Matritva Sahayog Yojana-
  • Provide financial aid of Rs 6,000 to pregnant women who undergo institutional delivery for hospital admission.
  • Across 650 districts of the country.
  • Initially launched in 2010 on pilot basis for implementation in 53 districts, with the benefit amount being Rs 4,000. From January 2017 government amended the scheme.
  • The scheme provided cash transfer to pregnant women above the age of 18 years for up to two live births.


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