Beti Bachao Beti Padhao (BBBP)

The Beti Bachao Beti Padhao or the BBBP initiative means 'Save the Daughter, Educate the Daughter'. It is a flagship program of the Government of India launched on 22 January 2015. This national campaign aims to protect, nurture, and empower the girl child of India.

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This article will help you to learn about the Beti Bachao Beti Padhao Scheme (BBBP Scheme) in detail.

What is the Beti Bachao Beti Padhao (BBBP) Scheme?

The full form of BBBP is Beti Bachao Beti Padhao. This is a government plan for girl child, which was launched on 22 January 2015 by the Prime Minister of India. The program aims to encourage girls' education, strengthen gender equality, and promote girl-child development. 

Beti Bachao Beti Padhao Scheme (BBBP Scheme) operates through a combination of advocacy, financial incentives, and community engagement programs to create a more inclusive and supportive environment for girls in India.

Features of Beti Bachao Beti Padhao Scheme

The key features of the Beti Padhao Beti Bachao initiative are as follows:

Features  Details of BBBP (Beti Bachao Beti Padhao)
Launched by Government of India, in 2015
Implemented by Beti Padhao Beti Bachao Scheme is jointly implemented by:
  • Ministry of Women & Child Development (MoWCD)
  • Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (MoHFW)
  • Ministry of Education (MoE)
Budget Controlled by Ministry of Women and Child Development (MoWCD)
Implementation The Beti Bachao Beti Padhao Scheme is implemented by various stakeholders:
  • Departments of Centre/ State
  • Administration of Union Territories (UTs)
  • Banks/ Post Office/ Other Financial Institutions
  • NGOs
District-level Focus
  • The interventions under the Beti Bachao Beti Padhao Yojana (BBBP) are focused on implementation at District-level
  • Identified 100 districts for intensive action, with
  • Low Child Sex Ratio (CSR)*
  • Low Sex Ratio at Birth (SRB)**
Interventions in 100 Gender-Critical Districts under the BBBP (Beti Bachao Beti Padhao) 
  • Improve SRB by 2 points annually
  • Decrease gender difference in Child Mortality Rate (CMR) by 1.5 points annually
  • Functional toilets for girls in every school
  • Improve registrations for 1st Trimester Antenatal Care by 1% annually
  • Improve nutritional health among women by decreasing the number of underweight and anaemic girls (age of <5 years)
Multi-sectoral Approach The Beti Bachao Beti Padhao scheme targets a range of development sectors for women:
  • Improve access and quality of education of girl child
  • Improve their health and nutrition
  • Protect them against violence, gender discrimination
Awareness & Advocacy Campaigns 
  • On the importance of girl child education
  • Need to stop the practice of female foeticide and infanticide
  • Campaigns under the Beti Bachao Beti Padhao Yojana through mass media campaigns, community mobilisation, and advocacy programs
Sukanya Samriddhi Yojana (SSY) The Beti Bachao Beti Padhao scheme provides financial impetus to parents/ guardians through Sukanya Samriddhi Yojana (SSY). Features of SSY Scheme:
  • Small deposits scheme for girl child (age <10 years)
  • Income tax deduction benefits under Section 80C and Section 10(10D)
  • High SSY interest rate of 8% p.a.***
  • Fixed deposits tenure of 15 years
  • Allows deposits of Rs. 100- Rs. 1.5 lakhs per annum
  • Withdrawals are allowed when the girl child attains the maturity age of 18 years.

* Child Sex Ratio (CSR) is the ratio of number of females to 1000 males
** Sex Ratio at Birth (SRB) is the ratio of the number of female child births per 1000 male childbirths
**You can calculate the returns of the SSY Scheme through the Sukanya Samriddhi Yojana Calculator (SSY Calculator)

Objectives of the Beti Bachao Beti Padhao Yojana (BBBP Scheme)

The main aim of Beti Padhao Beti Bachao is the holistic development of female children at the grassroots level. 

Let us learn the other objectives of the Beti Bachao Beti Padhao Scheme from the points mentioned below:

  • Increase the Child Sex Ratio (CSR)

  • Improve Sex Ratio at Birth (SRB)

  • Celebrating the birth of a girl child in India

  • Protection and survival for the girl child

  • Advancement of girl child education

  • Educate citizens to remove gender bias

  • Improve the effectiveness of existing welfare services for women

  • Stringent measures against as per the Anti-Dowry Act

  • Mandatory registration of marriages to prevent child marriage

  • Align all the departments and stakeholders to strengthen the effectiveness of BBBP equally in all rural, semi-urban, and urban areas.

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Eligibility Criteria for Beti Padhao Beti Bachao

Beti Bachao Beti Padhao Scheme covers every family that fulfils the following conditions:

  1. For Parents/Guardians:

    • Have a girl child of age less than 10 years

    • Covers 2 girl children per family (more in case of twins/ triplets)

  2. Sukanya Samriddhi Yojana (SSY):

    • It is mandatory to have a Sukanya Samriddhi Account in the name of the girl child

    • One SSY Account is allowed per girl child

    • Maximum 2 girl children are covered u/ SSY per family child (except in case of twins/ triplets)

  3. For Girl Child:

    • Resident citizen of India

    • Must have Aadhar Number

Exclusion: Non-resident Indians (NRIs) are not eligible to apply for Beti Bachao Beti Padhao scheme benefits.

Documents Required for Beti Padhao Beti Bachao

The list of documents crucial for the implementation of the Beti Bachao Beti Padhao scheme is as follows:

  • Date of Birth Proof (by recognised Government Authority/ Hospital)

  • Aadhar Card of girl child

  • Passport-size photographs of girl child

  • ID Proof of Parents/ Guardian (Aadhar Card, PAN Card, Photo Ration Card, Passport)

  • Address Proof (Passport, Ration Card, Voter ID Card, utility bills, Driving License)

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How to Apply for the Beti Bachao Beti Padhao Scheme?

For an easy application under the BBBP Scheme, follow the steps mentioned below:

Step 1: Visit a nearby Post Office/ Bank branch

Step 2: Duly fill out the application form for the BBBP Scheme/ Sukanya Samridhi Yojana (SSY)

Step 3: Submit the application form along with the required documents

Step 4: The concerned authorities will verify the provided documents.

Step 5: Upon document verification of the girl child, the SSY Account will be activated

The government provides all the financial incentives through this SSY Account.

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Benefits of Beti Padhao Beti Bachao Scheme

The major Beti Bachao Beti Padhao scheme benefits are listed below:

Benefits Details of the BBBP Scheme
Financial Security
  • It is mandatory to open a Small-savings deposit account u/Sukanya Samriddhi Yojana
Tax Benefits
  • Tax exemptions u/ Sec 80C of the IT Act, 1961 
  • On the maturity returns earned from deposits made in the SSY Account
High Interest
  • Earn interest at the rate of 8% p.a.
  • The rate is periodically revised by the Government of India
Social Awareness
  • All the segments of society are mobilised to create gender awareness in the education of girls
  • Advocacy efforts are made involving community members, local leaders, and all the stakeholders in promoting gender equality
Welfare Services
  • Better delivery of welfare plans targeting women
  • Increases efficacy of these social programs
Women Empowerment
  • Education for all girl child
  • Gender-neutral budget planning by the government

Extension of Beti Bachao Beti Padhao Initiatives

The Beti Padhao Beti Bachao campaign also encompasses the following new initiatives:

  • It aims to boost secondary school enrollment and skills training for girls and women by 1% annually.

  • Its goal is to support teens to finish school, acquire skills, and enter diverse careers.

  • It aims to spread awareness of safe menstrual hygiene practices.

  • The Beti Bachao Beti Padhao scheme also advocates against child marriages.

Other Government Plans for Girl Child 

  • Sukanya Samriddhi Yojana

  • Balika Samridhi Yojana

  • CBSE Udaan Scheme 

  • National Scheme of Incentive to Girls for Secondary Education

  • Mukhyamantri Kanya Suraksha Yojana

  • Ladli Lakshmi Yojana

  • Delhi Ladli Scheme

  • Mukhyamantri Rajshri Yojana

  • Mazi kanya Bhagyashree Scheme

  • Tamil Nadu Chief Minister’s Girl Child Protection Scheme

In Summary

The Beti Bachao Beti Padhao scheme has made remarkable progress in addressing the issue of gender inequality, creating social awareness, and promoting education of the girl child. The BBBP scheme incentivises the parents/ guardians with numerous benefits. However, sustained efforts and a multi-pronged strategy are crucial in providing a brighter future for girls in India.

FAQ's on Beti Bachao Beti Padhao

  • What is BBBP?

    BBBP stands for Beti Bachao Beti Padhao, which translates to Save the girl child, educate the girl child. It is a flagship program of the Government of India launched in 2015. It aims to improve the Child Sex Ratio (CSR) and encourage education among girl children. 
  • In which state Beti Bachao Beti Padhao program was launched?

    The Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, launched the Beti Bachao Beti Padhao campaign on 22 January 2015 while addressing the public from Panipat, Haryana.
  • What is the full form of BBBP?

    The full form of BBBP is Beti Bachao Beti Padhao.
  • What is the full form of SSY?

    The full form of SSY is Sukanya Samriddhi Yojana, which translates to Girl Child Prosperity Scheme.
  • What is the maximum deposit limit of SSY in a year?

    The maximum deposit limit for the Sukanya Samriddhi Yojana (SSY) in a year is Rs. 1.5 lakhs.
  • Who is eligible for the Beti Bachao Beti Padhao (BBBP) Scheme?

    You need to fulfil the following conditions to be eligible for the Beti Bachao Beti Padhao (BBBP) Scheme:
    • The family should have a girl child below 10 years of age.

    • There should be a Sukanya Samriddhi Account (SSA) in the name of the girl child.

    • The girl child should be a resident Indian.

    NRI citizens are not eligible for the BBBP scheme.

  • Which scheme is best for a girl child?

    The best scheme for a girl child in India is as follows:
    • Child Education Plans

    • Capital Guarantee Plans

    • Sukanya Samriddhi Yojana

    • Public Provident Fund (PPF)

    • Fixed Deposits (FDs)

  • What is the interest rate of Beti Bachao Beti Padhao?

    The interest rate of the Beti Bachao Beti Padhao (BBBP) scheme account is 8% per annum, which is compounded annually.
  • What is the main motive of this 'Beti Bachao Beti Padhao' Scheme?

    The main motive of the Beti Bachao Beti Padhao (BBBP) Scheme is to improve the child sex ratio (CSR) and to empower women in India.
  • Will I get any benefits under the Beti Bachao Beti Padhao scheme?

    Yes, you may get some benefits under the Beti Bachao Beti Padhao (BBBP) Scheme, depending on your specific circumstances. For example, if you are a parent or guardian of a girl child, you may be eligible to open a Sukanya Samriddhi Account (SSA) under the Sukanya Samriddhi Yojana (SSY). SSA is a special savings account for girl children under the age of 10 years. It offers a high-interest rate of 8.1% per annum and tax benefits.
  • Does this scheme have an online presence?

    Yes, the Beti Bachao Beti Padhao (BBBP) Scheme has an online presence. The scheme has its own website and is also active on social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube. These platforms provide information about the scheme, its goals, and its achievements.
  • Can I participate in the scheme as a worker?

    Yes, you can participate in the Beti Bachao Beti Padhao (BBBP) Scheme as a worker in the following initiatives and programmes:
    • Capacity-building programmes and training sessions

    • Mass communication initiatives

    • Community participation

  • Which districts in India have been identified for a low girl ratio under this scheme?

    The scheme has identified 100 districts all over India, with at least one district in each State and Union territory, where the gender numbers are critically low. These are the districts that have low and very low girl child numbers as compared to the national average taken from the last 2011 Census of India.
  • What is the highest initial amount that can be maintained in the account under the Sukanya Samriddhi scheme?

    You can deposit anything from Rs. 250 to Rs. 1.5 lakhs in the concerned account under the Sukanya Samriddhi Scheme.
  • What kinds of services are carried out under the Beti Bachao Beti Padhao Scheme?

    The Beti Bachao Beti Padhao (BBBP) Scheme provides a range of services and interventions, such as follows:
    • Mass communication campaigns

    • Multi-sectoral action in select districts

    • Advocacy and awareness-raising

    • Conducts research and monitoring to track the progress of the scheme

    • Capacity-building training for government officials and other stakeholders

  • When is National Girl Child Day?

    It is observed on 24 January every year and was started by the Ministry of Women & Child Development in 2008.
  • Is Beti Bachao Beti Padhao an all-India scheme?

    Yes, Beti Bachao Beti Padhao Yojana covers all States and Union Territories in the Indian mainland.
  • What is the importance of Beti Bachao Beti Padhao?

    The Beti Bachao Beti Padhao (BBBP) Scheme is an important step towards creating a more equitable and just society for all girls and women in India. It is a comprehensive scheme that addresses the root causes of gender inequality and empowers women through education, training, and employment opportunities.

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