MUMBAI: Maharashtra government has proposed a special financial incentive scheme aimed at bringing under its ambit girls from below poverty line (BPL) families, PTI reports.

‘Lek Soniyachi’, named after UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, is aimed at covering 2.72 lakh girls born every year in BPL families.

The scheme will cost the state exchequer Rs 576 crore of which Rs 273 crore will be spent for the welfare of SCs and STs. Under the scheme, an amount of Rs 21,200 will be deposited in the name of each girl child belonging to BPL family with insurance company. After the girl attains age of 18, the amount of Rs one lakh will be paid to her.

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