Adolescent Girls

NITI Aayog conducted an evaluation of the Schemes of the Ministry of Women & Child Development including the Scheme for Adolescent Girls in 2020.

The centrally-sponsored scheme, Scheme for Adolescent Girls (SAG), aimed at supplying nutritional support to out of school girls in the age group of 11-14 years for enhancing their health and nutritional status and encouraging them to go back to formal schooling, supplying life skill training, accessing public services, etc.

However, the Right to Education Act, 2009 delivers legal entitlement for mandatory and free education to AGs in the age group of 11-14 years, and all the AGs in this group are authorized to go-to school wherein they are nourished with mid-day meals for improving their nutritional status. Consequently, a reduction in the number of beneficiaries was witnessed underneath the Scheme due to the RTE Act.

Since the adolescent girls in the age group of 11-14 years are being covered under the RTE Act, lately the Scheme for Adolescent Girls has been altered and subsumed under Saksham Anganwadi and Poshan 2.0 wherein the targeted beneficiaries are all the AGs in the age group of (14+) to18 years in the Aspirational Districts and the North Eastern States.

The Government of India has established a campaign “Kanya Shiksha Pravesh Utsav” on 7th March 2022 under Beti Bachao Beti Padhao Scheme to assure that all the out-of-school Adolescent Girls in the age group of 11-14 years are enlisted back in formal schooling.

This information was shared by the Union Minister of Women and Child Development, Smt. Smriti Zubin Irani, in a written reply in Rajya Sabha.


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