Odisha To Implement Beti Bachao Beti Padhao Scheme In Two Components

28 December 2019

Debashish Maharana

Bhubaneswar: The State Government has approved the proposal for implementation of Beti Bachao Beti Padhao (BBBP) scheme in all thirty districts in two components, as per a letter from Women & Child Development & Mission Shakti Department to all District Collectors.

The letter from Joint Secretary Nityananda Barik mentioned that Government of India has decided for pan India expansion of its flagship scheme Beti Bachao Beti Padhao (BBBP), which was launched on January 22, 2015. In Odisha, it is being implemented in Nayagarh district from the year 2015.

"Now Government of Odisha has been pleased to approve the proposal for implementation of Beti Bachao Beti Padhao scheme in all thirty districts in two components - Multi—Sectoral Intervention and Media Advocacy outreach activities and only media advocacy and outreach activities," the letter read.

The Districts under Multi-Sectoral Intervention and Media Advocacy are - Nayagarh, Dhenkanal, Angul, Ganjam, Cuttack, Khurdha, Deogarh, Sundargarh, Sambalpur, Kendrapara, Jajpur, Jharsuguda, Bhadrak, Baleswar, Kalahandi.

The Districts only under Media Advocacy and outreach activities are-Jagatshingpur, Puri, Subarnapur, Balangir, Bargarh, Mayurbhanj, Kandhamal, Rayagada, Keonjhar, Gajpati, Boudh, Korput, Nupada, Malkangiri, Nabaragnpur.

The districts under Beti Bachao Beti Padhao (BBBP) scheme shall be operated/implemented under the Centrally Sponsored Umbrella Scheme namely, Mission for Protection and Empowerment for Women with 100 per cent financial assistance for District Level component of the scheme.

The Grant in Aid (GIA) shall be released by the Ministry of Women and Child Development directly to the District Collector/District Magistrate of the selected district. There is no provision for Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) under the BBBP Scheme.

The districts under Multi Sectoral Intervention and Media Advocacy Outreach have to take up following initiatives immediately:

a.) The District Authorities shall have a separate designated BBBP Account operated by District Collector/ District Magistrate for implementing the scheme at the grassroots level. The details of the bank account open (name of the bank, branch, account number, address) along with IFSC Code, Mobile Number, may be intimated to MWCD for transfer of funds through Public Financial Management System (PFMS). The guideline may be accessed in the WCD Ministry Website - (www.wcd.nic.in)

b.) The funds to the District Collector/ District Magistrate shall be released in two Installments as per the proposals received from the respective Districts for District level activities as per the BBBP scheme guidelines.

c.) District Action Plans (DAP) shall be prepared by DC/DM of the concerned District and shall be shared with the Department of WCD & MS and MWCD, Government of India. The approval of DAP will be conveyed by the WCD Ministry.

d.) Monitoring/review to be done by State WCD&MS department.

e.) The District Collector/District Magistrate shall furnish the UC, SoE & District Action Plan with signature, seal and submit directly to MWCD (with a copy marked to Principal Secretary of WCD & MS Dept in respect of the expenditure incurred on implementation of the Scheme in the District.

f.) District Task Force (DTF) to be constituted led by the District Collector with representation of Departments like health, education and other concerned Department such as DISA and Police. The DTF will be responsible for effective implementation, monitoring and supervision of the District Action Plan (DAP).

g.) The annual District Action Plan (DAP) for FY 2019-20 schematic norms shall be prepared as per the template given in the guideline on or before 26th December 2019 and shared with the Ministry with a copy to WCD & MS dept.

All DCPOs of the respective districts have been appointed as Nodal Officers under the scheme for proper implementation. They will work closely with DSWOs and concerned line Departments.

It is worthwhile to mention that the BBBP scheme is a tri-ministerial effort of Ministries of Women and Child Development, Health & Family Welfare and Human Resource Development to address the issue of declining Child Sex Ratio and related issues of empowerment of girls and women.