How many girls have benefitted from NSIGSE after five years of launch of scheme?
In May, 2008 the central government had launched the National Scheme of Incentives to Girls for Secondary Education (NSIGSE) to promote secondary school enrollment of girl child from Scheduled Caste (SC)/ Scheduled Tribe (ST) background. The scheme envisaged depositing Rs. 3,000 in the name of eligible girls as fixed deposit for which the girl was entitled to withdraw the final amount on passing Class X examination and on reaching 18 years of age.
An application was filed with the Maharashtra Education Department under the Right to Information (RTI) Act seeking to get the status of the NSIGSE scheme in the state. However, reply to the application, provided by the Directorate of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education, states that not even a single girl child in Maharashtra has benefited from the scheme as yet mainly because of non-submission of proposals or delayed submission.
The reply shows that the state government didn't send any proposal in 2008-09. Proposal for around 70,000 girls was submitted for 2009-10, but after the fiscal had ended. Though proposal for 25 districts was submitted in time in 2010-11, the state government could not submit the revised list for 16 districts as demanded by the centre. The submission of proposal for 2011-12 also overshot the fiscal year.