Soon, use Laadli Laxmi Scheme money for higher edu, business


The popular Laadli Laxmi Scheme (LLS) will now be amended to remove obstacles faced by the applicants in getting a residence certificate.
In cases where the father of the girl works for the government—central or state—he will not require a residence certificate. He, instead, would have to get a certificate from his head of department certifying that he has been in service for 25 years. The girl has to be born in Goa and have completed her education till Class X in the state.
In cases where parents object to the girl's marriage, the matter will be sorted out in consultation with the committee, said chief minister Manohar Parrikar.
Another important amendment proposed in the scheme will allow an applicant, on completion of 21 years, to utilize the scheme money for higher education. Also, if she intends to set up a business, the money can be availed of for the purpose, but with prior permission of the committee.
The chief minister also declared the government's intention to increase the salaries of anganwadi teachers from Rs 7,000 to Rs 15,000 and that of assistants from Rs 4,500 to Rs 7,500.
From July, senior citizens who continually suffer from illnesses such as diabetes and blood pressure will now get Rs 500 under the Dayanand Social Security Scheme (DSSS) towards their medical bills in addition to the Rs 2,000 they are presently paid under the scheme. The government has also proposed a long-term health scheme for women who have lost their husbands due to addiction.
Freedom fighters will now be entitled to receive Rs 1,000 a month as medical allowance. In addition, they will be entitled to avail benefit of the mediclaim scheme. Parrikar declared that the government will come out with a special scheme for the children of freedom fighters to help them avail of jobs reserved for them in government service. [TOI]