- Chandigarh May 15: Haryana Government has decided to implement Scheme for Adolescent Girls (SAG) in all districts of the State to facilitate, educate and empower out of schools adolescent girls in the age group of 11-14 years. The scheme would be implemented using the platform of Anganwadi services of umbrella ICDS scheme through angwandi centres.
- While disclosing this here today, Women and Child Development Minister, Mrs Kavita Jain said that Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Lal has approved a proposal in this regard. This scheme would totally replace the Kishori Shakti Yojana (KSY).
- Mrs Jain said that SAG initially named as Rajiv Gandhi Scheme for Adolescent Girls (SABLA) had been implemented in six districts of the State on pilot basis namely, Ambala, Yamunanagar, Rohtak, Rewari, Kaithal and Hisar. Now, expanding the scope of the scheme, it has been decided to implement SAG in all districts of the State. All the District Programme Officers (DPOs) have been directed to conduct baseline survey as per the prescribed format and instructions of Government of India and intimate the number of beneficiaries so that the Union Ministry of Women and Child Development could be informed about the same.
- She said that the key objective of the scheme is to facilitate, educate and empower adolescent girls so as to enable them to become self-reliant and aware citizens. The other objective of the scheme are to enable the adolescent girls for self-development and empowerment, improve their nutrition and health status, promote awareness about health, hygiene, nutrition, support out of school adolescent girls to successfully transition back to formal schooling or bridge learning and skill training, upgrade their home-based skills and life skills, provide information and guidance about existing public services such as Primary Health Centers, Rural Hospitals and Community Health Centres, Post Office, Bank and Police Station.
- She said that the scheme would cover out of school girls in the age group of 11-14 years. These girls would be entitled for supplementary nutrition under the scheme. Besides they would also receive life skills education, nutrition and health education, awareness about socio-legal issues and existing public services. The scheme would be implemented through existing Anganwadi Centres (AWCs) under Integrated Child Development Scheme (ICDS) under which a package of services would be given to adolescent girls. The physical, physiological and health needs of the adolescent girls have been taken into consideration while designing the services; she said adding that the scheme has two component Nutrition and Non nutrition.
- While referring to the nutrition component, she said that each out of school adolescent girls registered under the scheme would be provided supplementary nutrition similar to that of pregnant women and lactating mothers under ICDS containing 600 calories, 18-20 grams of protein and micro-nutrients for 300 days in a year. Nutrition would be given in the form of Take Home Ration (THR) or Hot Cooked Meals (HCM) whichever is feasible. However, if hot cooked meal is provided to them, strict quality standards would be put in place. The financial norms would be Rs. 9.5 per beneficiary per day for 300 days in a year and this would be inclusive of the cost of micro-nutrient
fortification. The Government of India and the State would share the cost of supplementary nutrition in ratio of 50:50, she added.
- With regard to Non Nutrition Component, she said that the scheme aims at motivating out of school girls in the age group of 11-14 years to go back to formal schooling or skill training under non-nutrition component of the scheme. The other services under non nutrition component are Iron–Folic Acid (IFA) supplementation, health check-up and referral services, nutrition and health education, life skill education and counseling or guidance on accessing public services. She said that Non Nutrition Services would be provided at the rate of Rs. 1.1 lakh per project per annum to out of school adolescent girls by establishing convergence with concerned Departments.
- Mrs Jain said that steering and monitoring committees set up under ICDS would review and monitor progress of the Scheme and strengthen coordination and convergence between departments concerned. These Committees would also consider the bottlenecks faced in the implementation and suggest appropriate mechanisms for improving the implementation.