Scheme for Adolescent Girls (SAG) SABLA in Haryana Eligibility Criteria Apply
Girl children have always been neglected in India. Let alone proper academic exposure, they do not even receive adequate nutrition. Thanks to government interference, the central authority has succeeded in stopping child marriage. They need not be cooped up in the kitchen. For the betterment of such girls, Haryana state government will soon implement the Scheme for Adolescent Girls. The name of this project, during its initial days was Rajiv Gandhi Scheme for Empowerment of Adolescent Girls (RGSEAG) – SABLA. Now, it has been developed further under the new name.
The official announcement was made by the Chief Minister of Haryana on the 16th of May, 2018. Manohar Lal Khattar said that the state will take the assistance of Anganwadi centers for better implementation of this scheme. All scheme related details will be published on the official website of Haryana Government soon.
The main benefit of the scheme is to target all adolescent girls who are not getting proper opportunity to acquire academic training. The scheme will also target young girls, offer skill development training so that they can earn their own livelihood in future. With the implementation of this project, the state will replace Kishori Shakti Yojana for good.
Key features of the scheme
- Development of young girls – As mentioned, the state government desires to bring about a holistic development in the societal framework. Thus, it wants to start the development scheme for young female candidates as soon as possible.
- For adolescent female candidates – The scheme draft states that the benefits of the project will only be given to those female candidates, who fall within the adolescent age group.
- Target age group – Integrated Child Development Services has highlighted that all young female candidates who range between the age of 11 years and 14 years, will be eligible to get the perks, if they meet other requirements.
- Prior areas of implementation – Before the state decided to implement the project on a pan-state basis, it was taken up as a pilot project. The 6 areas which were selected for its earlier implementation are Yamunanagar, Ambala, Rewari, Rohtak, Hisar and Kaithal.
- Education and empowerment – To bring about adequate development of the young girls, the state will look after meeting the academic as well as empowerment needs of these candidates.
- Training for self-employment – Not only academic lessons, the state will also make arrangements to offer adequate skill development training to these candidates. It will pave the path for self-employment in future.
- Awareness about nutrition and health – With the assistance of Anganwadi and health care units, candidates will also be given information that will increase the level of health and nutrition. State will also offer nutritional supplements for these girls.
- Transition of school drop outs – The scheme will also focus on adolescent girls who no longer go to an educational institute. The state will encourage them to rejoin school, thereby, reducing percentage of school dropouts.
- Dissemination of other information – Information about Primary Health Centers, Post Office, Community Health Centres, Police Stations, and banks will also be given to these candidates.
- Two separate components – The Scheme for Adolescent Girls has two separate parts. They are nutritional and non-nutritional aspects
Details about Nutritional Components
- Nutritional supplements – Central and state governments offer special nutritional supplements to pregnant and lactating mothers. The same high food-value supplements will be given to these young girls.
- Proper food – It has been highlighted that the state government will ensure that each selected girl receives proper diet for at least 300 days annually. The food value must contain micro-nutrients, 600 calories, and 18-20 grams protein.
- Ration or cooked food for candidates – As days pass, the state will come to a conclusion whether the candidates will be given ration that they can take home, or to offer already cooked meals.
- Quality control for cooked food – The state authority also highlighted that the quality and food value of the cooked food will be checked to offer better nutrition.
- Cost per candidate – As per the state estimate, the state government needs to shell out at least Rs. 9.50 on a daily basis, for providing good food for all children.
- Expense share for supplementary diet – The supplementary food or nutrition that selected candidates will receive will be purchase by the state government. The cost for this will be shared equally by the state and central authority.
Details about Non-nutritional components
- Motivation to join school – Rehabilitation is another aspect of this program. The state will also try to motivate the female candidates to join schools once again. They must be taught the importance of adequate education.
- Health related benefits – From Iron–Folic Acid tablets, referral services, health check-ups, details about use of public services, life skill training to lessons about health and hygiene will be offered under the project.
- Project budget – The state government has also announced that for each project, the authority will allocate around 1.1 lakh.
- Regular monitoring – The implementation is not enough. Proper monitoring is also necessary to analyze the progress of the project. This task will be performed by the ICDS Monitoring Committee. The reports of this group will also provide better implementation and development techniques.
How will it be implemented?
The scheme has been designed and implemented by the state government. But as more area has been brought under this program, the responsibility of implementing it has been placed in the hands of Integrated Child Development Services. To reach all houses and remote areas, the department will take the assistance of Anganwadi Centers and workers.
Funding for the scheme
It will be the responsibility of all District Programme Officers to organize surveys in their respective areas. Once the data has been collected, it will be sent to the state authority. It will then be forwarded to central government. Based on the analysis of these figures, the Women and Child Development Ministry will dispatch the adequate funding.
In states like Haryana, rural as well as poor urban families tend to ignore the health and well-being of the female children. With additional assistance from the state government, this is expected to reduce. The success of this program at pilot basis is a sign that it will work for greater good as well.
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