On Wednesday, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan launched the “Ladli Laxmi 2.0” financial aid scheme to encourage girls to pursue higher education and make them independent.
Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan (file photo)
By Press Trust of India: Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Wednesday launched the state government’s flagship financial aid scheme ‘Ladli Laxmi 2.0’ to encourage girls to pursue higher education and empower them. Shivraj Singh Chouhan started the “Ladli Laxmi” program in 2007 after first becoming chief minister in 2005.
The program provides monetary benefits to eligible girls to ensure they receive a good education and change society’s perspective towards the birth of the girl’s child.
“During my public addresses earlier, I once shouted the slogan ‘Beti hai to kal hai’ (there is no future without girls), after which an old woman pointed at me and asked me if I would be able to make arrangements for the girls’ wedding.
This issue agitated me so much that when I first became an MP in 1990, I started funding girls’ weddings,” Chouhan said at the launch of the Ladli Laxmi 2.0 program.
On the occasion, Mr. Chouhan also transferred a total of Rs 1.85 crore to the bank accounts of 1,477 beneficiary girls of the Ladli Laxmi scheme to enable them to pursue higher education and said it was a day “historical”.
The Chief Minister said that after becoming a member of Lok Sabha in 1991 from Vidisha, he started funding the marriage of girls with the money he used to get allowances as an MP.
He added that after becoming chief minister of the state in 2005, he ordered officials to formulate a plan with the aim of making a girl “lakhpati” from the day of her birth by filing money. money to his name in phases, which equates to Rs 1.43. lakh when she turned 21 with a rider that parents shouldn’t marry her off until she was 18.
The scheme has become very popular since its launch in 2007 and at present there are over 43 lakh Ladli Laxmis in the state, he said. The program is related to the education of girls and aims to provide them with financial assistance to pursue higher education. Ladli Laxmi Scheme 2.0 is launched and the government will arrange to pay their tuition fees, the Chief Minister said.
On the occasion, Mr. Chouhan also said that “Ladli Laxmi Vatika” (garden) is being developed in every district of the state and saplings have been planted in one of these facilities in the capital. of the State with some beneficiary girls.