The National Girl Child Day is celebrated in India every year on January 24. First(1st) started in 2008 by the Ministry of Women and Child Development, the National Girl Child Day aims to promote awareness on a range of issues including education, health, and nutrition.
The government, through schemes like ‘Dhanalakshmi’, has introduced several measures to strengthen the status of the girl child in the society. Launched by the Women and Child Development, the ‘Dhanalakshmi’ scheme assures that primary requirement of the girl child such as immunization, birth registration, and school maintenance is taken care of till Class 8.
Some significant government scholarships for girl child:
(A)C.B.S.E Scholarship Scheme
(B)Sukanya Samriddhi Yojna
(C)Balika Samridhi Yojna
(D)AICTE Pragati Scholarship
Objectives behind the observance of the day:
• To develop an enabling environment for girls where they will feel safe and will be capable to utilize their potential fully.
• To offer support and extend the scope of opportunities for girls in the nation.
• To remove various types of social discrimination and exploitation faced by with them.
• To increase awareness among the girls that they have equal rights to quality education, health care, and nutrition.