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Government of India
Ministry of Women and Child Development
19-November-2010 18:04 IST
Home Minister P. Chidambaram Launches Rajiv Gandhi Scheme for Empowerment of Adolescent Girls (RGSEAG) – SABLA
Rajiv Gandhi Scheme for Empowerment of Adolescent Girls (RGSEAG) – SABLA was launched by Shri P. Chidambaram, Home Minister in the presence of Smt. Krishna Tirath, Minister of State, Women and Child Development (Independent Charge) on 19th November, 2010 in New Delhi. Shri P. Chidambaram in his address said that UPA government wants to empower Women and Adolescent Girls, to see every girl become ‘SABLA’ like the leader Late Smt. Indira Gandhi whose birthday falls today. He said that women should come forward to bring the desired change in the condition of Adolescent Girls and Mothers. The two new schemes of the Women and Child Development ministry namely Rajiv Gandhi Scheme for Empowerment of Adolescent Girls (RGSEAG) and Indira Gandhi Matritva Sahyog Yojana (IGMSY) are very important measures to bring about change in the lives of Women and Adolescent Girls. Smt. Krishna Tirath, Minister of State, Women and Child Development (Independent Charge) asked the states to implement the schemes through Anganwadi Centres with devotion and earnestness. She said that Adolescent girls are one of the vulnerable groups who have not received the concerted attention that they deserve. Nutrition, education, skill development levels of AGs along with awareness of their rights and social issues are at suboptimal level. AGs face an inter-generational cycle of under-nutrition compounded by multiple deprivations - gender discrimination, poverty and exclusion. This vicious cycle needs to be tackled through multi-sectoral interventions. An integrated approach taking care of life skill education, family life education, nutrition and health of adolescent girls would pave the way for improvement in the quality of human resources in the country. Shri P. Chidambaram released a Scheme Booklet on SABLA in the presence of Smt. Krishna Tirath, (Minister of Women and Child Development (Independent Charge).

‘SABLA’ a Centrally-sponsored scheme would be implemented in 200 selected districts across the country on a pilot basis initially.

‘SABLA’ aims at empowering adolescent girls of 11-18 years by improvement in their nutritional and health status and upgrading various skills like home skills, life skills and vocational skills. It also aims at equipping the girls on family welfare, health hygiene etc. and information and guidance on existing public services along with aiming to mainstream out of school girls into formal or non-formal education. An integrated package of services would be provided to adolescent girls which will be:- Nutrition provision of 600 calories and 18-20 grams of protein and micronutrients, at a rate of Rs. 5 per beneficiary per day for 300 days in a year; Iron Folic Acid IFA supplementation; Health check-up and Referral services; Nutrition & Health Education; Counselling/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).

The scheme would be implemented in convergence with various schemes/ programmes of other Ministries/Departments viz. health, education, Youth Affairs, Labour, and PRIs etc.

More than 1200 participants attended the function including senior bureaucrats of Women and Child Development from States/UTs, the representatives of line Ministries, Senior Representatives of UNICEF, WFP, CARE, WHO, World Bank, UNIFEM and Eminent Academicians and Research Institutions, NGOs like PRAYAS, STOP, VHAI etc..