Govt fully digitises Ladli Beti scheme

Rs 75 Cr disbursed to beneficiaries through DBT in 2022-23
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Srinagar: To ensure that the objective of the Ladli Beti Scheme reaches maximum beneficiaries with transparency, the J&K government has fully digitised this social assistance scheme.

An official spokesman in a statement issued here said that the government has set a timeline of 45 days for the officers dealing with the scheme to complete the status of the application. The Social Welfare department has asked all the officers to do away with physical applications anymore.

Chief Secretary, Dr Arun Kumar Mehta has launched an end-to-end digitized e-service for the Ladli Beti scheme designed and developed by NIC, a single window platform for submission and tracking of applications with no human intervention.

This service enables the applicant to apply, check and track the status of the application which will be forwarded online by the stakeholders to the next level. Also, the sanctioned applications and letters digitally signed will be forwarded to the bank online.

Under this scheme, all the girl-child born on or after 01-04-2015 and whose parents' or guardians' income does not exceed Rs 75,000 per annum are eligible to be covered. The beneficiaries get Rs 1000 per month credited into the bank account through the DBT Mode of the Girl Child up to the age of 14 years and after attaining the age of 21 years, the girl child will get an amount of approximate amount of Rs 6.50 lakhs.

The Child Development Protection Officers (CDPO) have been asked to reject or revert the application (in case of deficiency) after duly recording the reasons for the same or forward the application within 15 days to DPO for approval.

Similarly, the District Programme Officer (DPO) can reject/revert after duly recording reasons (in case of deficiency) or forward the application within 10 days to Deputy Commissioner for the sanction.

The Deputy Commissioners can reject/revert after duly recording the reasons (in case of deficiency) or sanction the application within 20 days and forward it to the Director of Finance and FA&CAO, Social welfare Department for disbursement of financial assistance.

Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha recently said that till 2018, only 26,050 girl children got the benefit of the Ladli Beti scheme while in the last three years, more than 1 lakh girl children had been linked with this programme.

The Government has also approved Rs 150 crore for this Financial Year and to date Rs 75 crore has been transferred to the beneficiaries through DBT this Financial Year.

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