Updated 17 Novemebr 2020 | 10:56 IST
One of the Delhi government’s major schemes for the advantage of girl children — the Laadli scheme — is reeling under the effect of the Covid lockdown, with a big slowdown within the number of enrollments thus far this year, which experts say could impact the number of girl children joining and staying in class.
Under the Laadli scheme, financial assistance is sanctioned for beneficiary girls starting at their birth than at various stages of their education up until the senior secondary level. For the enrollment of latest babies who can enjoy the primary stage of monetary assistance, they need to be registered within a year of their birth, and that they need to renew it at their schools at various stages of their education journey.
In six months for the 2020-2021 cycle, ranging from April and up to September, the scheme received 1,094 new enrolments. this is often well below the number of latest enrollments within the 2019-2020 cycle, which was 46,660. In 2017-2018 and 2018-2019, the numbers were 67,070 and 60,803 respectively.
An official within the Delhi government’s Women and Child Development department attributed this low number to Covid restrictions. “In order to hold out the new registrations, parents are required to travel to district offices. it’s possible that due to the varied restrictions, they weren’t ready to carry it out this point. there’s still time during this cycle, so we’ll attempt to structure for this lag,” the official said.
In case of scholars in class who are applying for the scheme for the primary time at a later stage, the last date of accepting new forms has been moved from September 30 to New Year’s Eve.
“We try to spread awareness… we also are trying to form the method online,” said director WCD Rashmi Singh.
Schools have meanwhile received a circular urging them to handhold parents through the method of registering eligible beneficiaries. “During 2020-2021 but the expected number of latest registration also as renewal cases has been received by the department of WCD, GNCTD. As a result, this may not only impact on the future allocation of funds thanks to poor utilisation within the current year but also will deprive many underprivileged girls of the much needed financial assistance under the above scheme,” it read.
Delhi Commission for the cover of kid Rights chairperson Anurag Kundu said that the kid rights body has not observed a slowdown in registrations for welfare schemes, and said that actually, there has been a doubling in registrations at Anganwadi centres this year.
Under the scheme, aid is provided — Rs 11,000 if born in a hospital or Rs 10,000 if born at home; and Rs 5,000 each in further five milestones — Class I, VI, IX, XI and XII.