Child welfare schemes in INDIA.

Children are the vital part of any county who decide, how the future gonna be.

The government always gives the most priority to secure and good life of children in the county. In India, there are various well fair and investment programs initiated by the government for the development of children’s living standards. With these programs, the government is expecting on the same lines of a better future for the entire county.

Most of the child welfare programs are active since Independence. This social welfare program is designed to cover the basic necessity of the children of the county like housing, health care, costs of food, etc. These schemes for providing financial aid to children or the families of needy children in society.

There are many child welfare schemes in INDIA for the development of the economical, social and mental growth of the children in India. Below are the top listed welfare schemes which cover the entire citizen of India.

  • ICDS – Integrated Child Development Services
  • Scheme for the children of working mothers
  • Child Health  and reproductive Programme
  • Pulse Polio Immunization Programme
  • Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan
  • Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya
  • Mid-day Meal Scheme
  • Integrated program for Street Children
  • The National Rural Health Mission
  • Beti Bachao Beti Padhao
  • Balika Samriddhi Yojana
  • CBSE Udaan Scheme
  • National Scheme of Incentive to Girls for Secondary Education
  • Dhanalakshmi Scheme

This blog post will cover the basic outline of the above-listed schemes and who is eligible for each scheme. More details of each program will be available in the respective government portals. If you are a needed person or a parent of the girl child, we recommend checking with the nearest municipality office for further details of the suitable scheme and the current eligibility for the enrollment.

ICDS – Integrated Child Development Services

Integrated Child Development Services program came into effect on 2nd October 1975. This program aimed at enhancing the health, nutrition, and learning opportunities of young children of age less than 6 years. Under this program, the government gives importance to 6 services to children under 6 years of age.

  1. Supplementary Nutrition
  2. Pre-school non-formal education
  3. Nutrition & health education
  4. Immunization
  5. Health check-up and
  6. Referral services

Who is Eligible:

  • Children 0–6 years of age.
  • Economically backward, Pregnant and lactating mothers up to 44 years of age.

National Creche Scheme – Scheme for the children of working mothers

The Ministry of Women and Child Development implemented The National Creche Scheme. The earlier name of this scheme is Rajiv Gandhi National Creche Scheme. The aim of this scheme is to provide daycare facilities to children of working mothers. Children of age 6 months to 6 years can enroll in this scheme. This scheme also covers the overall development of children, childhood protection, and preliminary education.

Who is Eligible:

  • Children of working women between 6 months to 6 years of age.
  • Mother employment will be in urban or rural areas, minimum of 15 days in a month, or 6 months in a year.

Child Health and reproductive Programme

Child Health (RCH) and Reproductive program is a comprehensive program of the Government of India’s (GoI) National Rural Health Mission (NRHM). The aim of this program is to reduce maternal and infant mortality in INDIA. In 1951 this scheme came into effect in INDIA. This scheme target to provide quality sustainable Primary Health Care Services to women in the reproductive age group. Also, this scheme gives a special focus on family planning and Immunization.

Who is Eligible:

    • Women in the reproductive age group.

Pulse Polio Immunization Programme

In the year 1995 Pulse Polio Immunization Programme came into effect with an immunization campaign against polio by the government of India. The aim of this scheme is to eradicate poliomyelitis (polio) from India by providing vaccinating drops to all children under the age of five years.

Who is Eligible:

  • All children below 5 years of age group.

Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan

In the year 2001 Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan scheme came into effect in India. The aim of this scheme is to provide the guaranteed Education to all children in India. This scheme aims to provide primary schooling to all children who complete 5years. Also, this scheme provides the focus on elementary education and bridge the social category gaps from the primary stage of children.

Who is Eligible:

  • All children under the 6-14 age group.

Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya

In 2004, the Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya scheme came into effect in INDIA. The aim of this scheme is to enhance the girl children of dis-advanced groups of society by providing quality education to them. The government set up residential schools and boarding facilities at the elementary level to enhance the girl children.

Who is Eligible:

  • Girl children from dis-advanced society.

Mid-day Meal Scheme

In 1995 Mid-day Meal Scheme came into effect in India. The main aim of this scheme is to improve the nutritional status of children in classes 1 to 8. This scheme is operated in Government, Government aided schools, and other authorized educational centers. This scheme encouraged poor children to attend the class more regularly. Also, during summer vacation, in the drought-affected areas, this scheme provided nutritional support to children.

Who is Eligible:

Students in Primary and Upper Primary Classes in the following

  • Government.
  • Aided.
  • Local Body.
  • EGS and AIE Centres.
  • Madarsa and Maqtabs supported under Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan
  • NCLP Schools run by the Ministry of Labour.

Integrated program for Street Children

In 1993 Integrated program for Street Children scheme came into effect in India. The main aim of this scheme is to provide protection against exploitation and abuse to neglected and destitute street children. This scheme also has the provisions for providing the following for the street children,

  • Nutrition.
  • Shelter.
  • Sanitation.
  • Health care.
  • Education.
  • Safe drinking water.
  • Recreational facilities.

Who is Eligible:

  • Children without homes and family ties

The National Rural Health Mission

In 2005, The National Rural Health Mission scheme came into effect in INDIA. The main emphasis of this scheme is on the universal immunization of children and women in India. The Focus area of this scheme is the following.

  • Reduce child and maternal mortality.
  • Sanitation.
  • Hygiene.
  • Universal access to public services for nutrition.
  • Universal access to public health care services.

Who is Eligible:

  • children and women in rural areas.

Beti Bachao Beti Padhao

Beti Bachao Beti Padhao is a central government scheme for the enhancement of the girl children in INDIA. The prime objective of this scheme is to save the girl child from social ills. This scheme work to eradicate gender-biased abortions and the education of girl children in the country. In this scheme, direct cash transfer does not involve. This scheme achieves the objective by providing a primarily education-based initiative to change social attitudes.

Who is Eligible:

  • All girl children’s in the country.

Balika Samriddhi Yojana

The Balika Samriddhi Yojana is a scholarship scheme in India. This scheme designed for those who are below the poverty line for providing financial support to young girls and their mothers. Through this scheme, a girl child can get an annual scholarship from the central government for Rs. 300 to Rs. 1000 till 10th class. The balance amount in the account withdrawal facility is available for the unmarried girl child who turns 18 years old.

The prime objective of the scheme is to improve the following

  • Status in society,
  • Increase the marriageable age of girls.
  • Improve the enrollment as well as retention of girl children in schools.

Who is Eligible:

  • Girl children belong to families under the poverty line.
  • Maximum of 2 children in a family.

CBSE Udaan Scheme

The CBSE Udaan scheme focuses in to increase the enrollment of girls students in technical colleges and prestigious engineering colleges in India. Central Board of Secondary Education is administrating this scheme in India. This scheme helps to enrich the learning experience of the economically backward girl students of the society.

  • The free course material for girl students in 11th and 12th standard.
  • Virtual classes for girl students on weekends.
  • Constant monitoring& Study helpline services for girl

Who is Eligible:

  • Indian citizensGirls students with family income are less than Rs. 6,00,000 per annum.
  • Girl students must be from government schools of any recognized Indian Board or CBSE- affiliated school background.
  • 80% marks in Science and Mathematics and 70% marks in aggregate in class 10.

National Scheme of Incentive to Girls for Secondary Education

The National Scheme of Incentive to girls for secondary education is focused on the secondary education of backward classes girl students of India. This scheme is managed by the Department of School Education & Literacy under the Ministry of HRD. Once a girl student becomes eligible for this scheme, the government will deposit Rs. 3000 as a fixed deposit on student behalf in their account. Students can withdraw this amount with interest-only after the girl student becomes 18 years of age and passes the class 10th exam.

Who is Eligible:

  • All SC/ST girls who have passed the class 8 examination or girl students passed from Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalayas.
  • The maximum age limit is 16 years.
  • Girl students who are enrolled in any other scheme are not eligible for this scheme.

Dhanalakshmi Scheme

In March 2008 Dhanalakshmi Scheme was launched with the primary goal of providing cash incentives to low-income families with girl children to promote education and well-being of the girl child in India. This scheme especially covered the economically and educationally backward classes of the country. This scheme is promoted by the central government with conditional cash incentives but due to the availability of other schemes this scheme is now done away with.

Dhanalakshmi Scheme pilot project was implemented in states like Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Orissa, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh. These states are selected for the pilot project on the basis of their lower girl child sex ratio than the average ratio compared to the rest of India states.

Who is Eligible:

  • Low-income families with girl children in the above-listed states.


Most of the schemes focused on providing elementary education for children. There are also many schemes available to taken care of the health of the kids in the country. The Central Government-sponsored schemes are administered by the central government and they can be availed by any children from any part of India. This list of top Child welfare programs in India is providing financial aid to the economically backward class of India.

In this article, we covered the different established well fair programs in the county which can be useful for a common citizen.

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