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Government of India
Ministry of Women and Child Development
11-December-2015 16:27 IST
SABLA Scheme to benefit nearly 100 lakh adolescent girls per annum

The Government is implementing Rajiv Gandhi Scheme for Empowerment of Adolescent Girls (RGSEAG)–‘Sabla’, a Centrally-sponsored scheme in 205 districts selected from all the States/UTs. The scheme Sabla aims at empowering Adolescent Girls (AGs) (11-18 years) through nutrition, health care and life skills education.

Scheme Sabla has two major components viz. Nutrition and Non Nutrition. Under the Nutrition component, the out of school AGs in the age group of 11-14 years attending AWCs and all girls in the age group of 14-18 years are provided Supplementary Nutrition containing 600 calories, 18-20 grams of protein and micronutrients, per day for 300 days in a year. The non-nutrition component addresses the developmental needs of adolescent girls. Under this componentout of school adolescent girls of 11-18 years are being provided IFA supplementation, health check-up & referral services, nutrition & health education, ARSH counseling/guidance on family welfare, life skill education, guidance on accessing public services and vocational training (only 16-18 year old adolescent girls). It also aims towards mainstreaming out of school AGs into formal/non formal education. Nearly 100 lakh adolescent girls per annum are expected to be benefitted under the scheme.

The funds released to states/UTs under SABLA scheme during 2014-15 were Rs 61021.36 lakhs and utilisation was Rs 58498.58 lakhs. An amount of Rs 27486.79 lakhs has been released to states under SABLA in 2015-16 till date and amount utilised is Rs 7844.49 lakhs.

The total number of beneficiaries under the scheme were 10228911 during 2014-15 and 4868553 in 2015-16 till date.

The Government has received requests/proposals from the State Government of Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh to include more districts under the said scheme, these States have been informed that the budgetary allocation for the scheme Sabla for the 12th Plan Period is Rs.3650 crore, as such the scheme cannot be implemented in all the districts of the country.

(d) The implementation of the schemes is reviewed from time to time as per details given below:-

i. The monitoring and supervision mechanism set up under the Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) Scheme is used for the scheme Sabla as well.

ii. Performance of the scheme is reviewed on a quarterly/annual basis to identify gaps

iii. Monitoring committees are set up at all levels (National, State, District, Block and Village level) to take stock of the progress of the scheme as also strengthen the coordination and convergence between concerned departments.

Review meetings/field visits are undertaken to ensure effective implementation of the scheme. The identified gaps are communicated to the States/UTs for taking corrective measures under the scheme.Based on the review, the identified gaps are communicated to the States/UTs for taking corrective measures under the scheme.

This information was given by the Minister of Women and Child Development, Smt Maneka Sanjay Gandhi in reply to a question in the Lok Sabha today.