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Bihar to provide health card for 2 cr schoolkids

“Bihari hona apmaan nahi shaan hai,” said chief minister Nitish Kumar and a thunderous applause rent the air in the S K Memorial Hall where a function was held on Saturday to mark the completion of three years of Mukhya Mantri Kanya Suraksha Yojana.

The scheme seeks to bridge the gap in the ratio between the two sexes by encouraging the birth of baby girl. On the birth of two baby girls in BPL families, a sum of Rs 2,000 each is invested through Children Career Plan of UTI Mutual Fund. The maturity amount is paid to the girl when she attains the age of 18 years.

The CM on the occasion also announced a new scheme under which health cards will be provided to 2.07 crore children in the age group of 6-14 years, studying in government schools, government-aided public schools and madrassas. The scheme would also cover the children enrolled with anganwadi kendras, he said and added that the students would be medically examined every year.

Referring to the state government’s war on corruption, Kumar said he is waiting for the day when children will play in the schools that will come up on the corrupt officials’ properties. He also expressed concern over tremendous increase in rates of flats in various parts of the city. “Circulation of ill-gotten money could be one of the reasons behind the skyrocketing prices of real estate properties,” he said and added he is keeping an eye on the matter.

Deputy CM Sushil Kumar Modi said the government proposes to extend the Mukhya Mantri Balika Poshak Yojana to both girls and boys studying in classes up to XII. A sum of Rs 1,000 each will be given to them to buy uniform every year. The beneficiaries under the scheme hitherto included students of classes III to VIII.

Modi said it is after 52 years in Bihar that 34 women have been elected to the state assembly. For the first time –in the 2010 assembly elections –the percentage of women voters was five more than that of men, he said.

According to social welfare minister Parveen Amanullah, the aim behind the Kanya suraksha scheme is being gradually achieved. “Ten lakh BPL families have benefited from the scheme,” she said.

UTI CMD U K Sinha described the scheme as a revolutionary initiative which will have a long term impact. He said it has been instrumental in connecting more and more people in the process of economic growth. “As compared to other states, the coverage of beneficiaries is more impressive in Bihar,” said Sinha who has been appointed SEBI chairman.

On the occasion, UTI honoured the DMs of three best performing districts, Nalanda, Gaya and East Champaran.


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