PANJIM: After the fixing of limit on parent/parent’s income for availing ‘Laadli Laxmi’, the Department of Women & Child Development has proposed to the government to implement the amended scheme from the new financial year.
The proposal is made to avoid any confusion regarding around 14,000 applications, presently under the process with the department.
Department of Women & Child Development Director Dipak Desai said that the department has already put up a proposal before the government to start the implementation from April 1, 2019. “We have proposed to implement the amendment to the scheme from April 1, 2019, because certain changes will have to be carried out -- like the application format. I have also proposed for amendment of this format and the self-declaration form in lieu of income limit imposed on the applicants,” he told Herald.
Under the amended scheme, a girl applicant’s parental income should not exceed Rs 8 lakh per annum. Desai said the decision was taken to ensure that a girl, who is in genuine need of the fund, is not deprived of the government benefit.
To ascertain the actual income limit, the department has decided to ask for income certificate of the applicant’s parent/parents, issued by Mamlatdar or Joint Mamlatdar. In the case of government servants, whose income limit is below Rs 8 lakh, Income Tax details and Salary Certificate will be accepted.
The State government had been working on introducing changes to its schemes Laadli Laxmi, Griha Aadhar and MAMTA since last year. While funds under MAMTA scheme was raised from Rs 5,000 to Rs 10,000, the government barred married woman, whose spouse is a regular employee with the government department or its corporation /autonomous bodies, from availing the Griha Aadhar scheme wherein several thousand women get Rs 1,500 monthly dole. The government had also proposed to fix Rs 8 lakh as income limit of parents for the beneficiaries of Laadli Laxmi scheme, which has till this notification been without any annual income cap.
Since its launch in 2012, the government sanctioned Rs 1 lakh benefit under the scheme to as many as 62,771 applicants.