State Schemes

Concessional Bus Travel Facility To Women

All the women of 60 years and above residing in the State of Punjab andWomen residing with the State Govt. employees staying in Chandigarh have been given the benefit w.e.f. 1.12.97 for FREE TRAVEL CONCESSION in the Punjab Roadways and Pepsu Road Transport Corporation Buses. All the Child Development Project Officers (CDPOs) have been authorized to issue such passes on production of age proof. The State Govt. has partially modified the earlier policy and now facility is being provided on 50% concession bus fare in the State Govt. Buses vide order No.4/30/96-2SS/5397 dated 12.11.99.

For the financial year 2016-17, a budget provision of Rs. 120.00 lac has been made, out of which Rs.40/95 lac has been spent. This scheme is 100% state sponsored.

Awareness Programme for Improving adverse Sex Ratio

The people of Punjab have a mind set for male child to inherit their feudal property, to look after them in the old age and source of livelihood for the family. In order to curb the tendency of female foeticide and to improve the imbalance sex ratio in the state, which is 874 against 1000 male, this department is creating awareness among the masses through camps to be organized at District and block level regarding serious adverse implications of gender imbalance In the society.

No budget provision has been made as per revised budget for the financial year 2016-17.

Mai Bhago Vidya Scheme

Government of Punjab launched Mai BhagoVidya Scheme in the State during 2011-12. The objective of the scheme is to encourage enrollment of girl student to continue their further studies in Government school and to reduce the school dropout rate. Under the scheme, free bicycles are provided to all girl students of 9th to 12th classes studying in Government schools of the state. A budget of Rs 2200 Lac was sanctioned under this scheme for 2016-17.

Bebe Nanki Laadli Beti Kalyan Scheme

This was launched under 13th Finance Commission component for "measures to improve sex ratio" in the State from 2011-12. The main objective of the scheme is to curb female feticide and to provide better education to girls. Along with this, financial assistance will be provided to the families from time to time so that they are not burdened with the birth of the girl child. Under this scheme, an amount of Rs. 20,000/- will be deposited with L.I.C. per girl/per beneficiary and LIC further disbursed 61,000/- to the guardian of child in different stages up to the age of 18 years.

Under this scheme, the following beneficiaries will be eligible:

  1. The girls born after 1.1.2011.
  2. The girls whose parents are permanent resident of Punjab.
  3. The abundant girls found after 1.1.2011 and are residing in Orphanage and Children Homes in the Punjab State.
  4. The number of girls born before will not matter to get benefit under the scheme. This benefit will not be given to newly born boys. This benefit will be given to those families whose annual income is less than Rs.30,000/- and the proof of income will be the blue card issued by the Food and Supply Department, Punjab. If the girl child drops from school due to any reason then no benefit will be given to the beneficiaries or the families after that date.

Under 13th Finance Commission, Rs53.75 Crore has been transferred to LIC for 26875 beneficiaries during the year 2011-12 to 2014-15 under Bebe Nanki Ladli Beti Kalyan Scheme.

The beneficiaries will be provided the following benefits:

Table: Benefits of Bebe Nanki Laadli Beti Kalyan scheme

S.No Period of benefit Age Amount released by LIC to guardian of the beneficiary
1 On birth of newly born girl child 0 Rs. 2100/-
2 On attaining the age of 3 years (after full immunization) 3 years Rs. 2100/-
3 On admission to Class -1 6 years Rs. 2100/-
4 On admission to Class –IX 14 years Rs. 2100/-
5 On attaining age of 18 years & passed Class- XII 18 years Rs. 31000/-
6 Scholarship payable -
(a) From class-1 to VI standard 100/- per month - Rs.7200/-
(b) From class-VI1 to XII standard 200/- per month - Rs.14400/-
  Total benefit At the age of 18 years Rs.61000/-

The term of 13th Finance Commission was from 1.4.2011 to 31.3.2015. Since no funds were available from 01.04.2015 onwards under the scheme Bebe Nanki Ladli Beti Kalyan scheme. Hence the scheme was transferred to State Plan Scheme from 2015-16. About 10,000 applications are pending under the scheme and the budget earmarked for 2016-17 was Rs. 15 Crore.

Home for Widows and Destitute, Jalandhar

In this Home, widows and destitute women along with their children get a cash dole for their livelihood and clothes. The assistance has been enhanced to Rs 2000/- Per Month per beneficiary from 1-4-2015. Apart from this, they get free accommodation, electricity, water and medical assistance. New admission is done on the recommendation and approval of Head of department. The capacity of home is 250 inmates.

Training-cum-Protection Centre, Jalandhar

The Department is running Training-cum-production Centre at Jalandhar, where the inmates are provided technical training in cutting, tailoring embroidery, leather /plastic goods and to make the uniform of the employees of Police Department etc. They are provided wages for the work done by them.

State Protective Home, Jalandhar

The Punjab Government is implementing Immoral Trafficking Prevention Act, 1956 and one Protection Home has been set up at Jalandhar for this purpose. The inmates of this home are provided free boarding, lodging, medical facilities vocational training in cutting/tailoring and embroidery etc.

Note: For the benefits, validity and application procedure of a scheme, please contact your nearest DPO.