Palanhar Yojana, the ambitious ‘child welfare’ scheme launched by Rajasthan government brought plenty of joys and smiles to orphans in Rajasthan. In the current financial year (2016-2017), Rajasthan’s Social Justice and Empowerment Department zealously implemented the scheme all over the state. Raje-led BJP government approved a budget worth Rs 58 crore 11 lakhs for the scheme or uplift and educate orphaned children in Rajasthan. As a result of these efforts, 2 lakh 11 thousand 753 children enjoyed monetary perks under Palanhar Yojana.
Dr. Samit Sharma, the Director of Social Justice and Empowerment Department, laid down the provisions of Palanhar Yojana. The scheme entitles the children to receive financial help from Rajasthan government. The government provides Rs. 500/- per month to children aged between 0 and 6 years, whereas the children between 6 and 18 years of age get Rs. 1000/- per month.
The government made attempts to identify needy recipients in Rajasthan, to ensure that legitimate beneficiaries receive the benefits of this government-run scheme. Therefore, the authorities are making efforts to link previous beneficiaries with Aadhar card and the minors on SSO portal. According to Dr. Sharma, Palanhar is a unique and exemplary initiative run by the state government for child welfare in India. Currently, the government provides financial assistance to children of 9 different categories.
The scheme extends the benefits of Palanhar Yojana to the following categories:
- Specially-abled children
- Orphaned girls and boys
- Children of parents who’ve received life imprisonment or death sentence
- Children of the widowed mothers
- Kids of divorced, re-married or abandoned mothers
- Offsprings of leprosy-affected parents
- Children resulting from infamous ‘Nata pratha’ (an ancient tribal custom)
Parents and kids who wish to receive the perks of Palanhar Yojana, the recipients can file an application online at the nearest e-Mitra Kiosk. The government will provide financial help to the applicants after verifying their identities.