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Rajiv Gandhi Scheme to Empower Adolescent Girls

Name of the scheme: Rajiv Gandhi Scheme for Empowerment of Adolescent Girls (Rgseag) – ‘Sabla’

Purpose:

  • Enable the adolescent girls for self-development and empowerment
  • Improve their nutrition and health status.
  • Promote awareness about health, hygiene, nutrition, Adolescent Reproductive and Sexual Health (ARSH) and family and child care.
  • Upgrade their home-based skills, life skills and tie up with National Skill Development Program (NSDP) for vocational skills
  • Mainstream out of school AGs into formal/non formal education
  • Provide information/guidance about existing public services such as PHC, CHC, Post Office, Bank, Police Station, etc.

Implementing agencies:

The scheme would be implemented using the platform Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) through Anganwadi Centres (AWCs).

Target Group:

  • The Scheme would cover adolescent girls in the age group of 11-18 years under all ICDS projects in selected 200 districts in all the States/UTs in the country.
  • The target group would be subdivided into two categories age wise from 11-15 and from 15-18 years.
  • The school going girls would meet at the AWC at least twice a month and more frequently during vacations/holidays, where they would receive life skill education, nutrition and health education, awareness about other socio-legal issues etc.
  • This would give an opportunity for mixed group interaction between in-school and out-of-school girls, motivating the latter to join school.

Services:

An integrated package of services would be provided to AGs which includes:

  • Nutrition provision
  • Iron and Folic Acid (IFA) supplementation
  • Health check-up and Referral services
  • Nutrition & Health Education (NHE)
  • Counseling/Guidance on family welfare, ARSH, child care practices and home management
  • Life Skill Education and accessing public services
  • Vocational training for girls aged 16 and above under National Skill Development Program (NSDP)

Cost of the project:

Rs. 3.8 lakh per project per annum would be provided by the Government of India to States/UTs which includes –

  • Cost of training kit at each AWC,
  • Nutrition and health education,
  • Life Skill Education,
  • Vocational training (tie up with NSDP),
  • Cost -funds for transportation, printing of registers, Health cards and referral slips

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