Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on 12 October announced slew of offers to promote girl education.
Addressing Ladli Shiksha Parv (Girl Education Fest), the Chief Minister said, "Today we are celebrating Laadli Shiksha Parv to make girl child's education easier. The government will provide Rs. 31,000 crore to the families of our daughters and implement laws so that their education is not affected."
On this occasion, Chouha n awarded scholarship of Rs. 2000 to 65000 girl students who got admission in Class VI.
The scholarship was provided under Ladli Laxmi Yojana, a scheme introduced by Government of Madhya Pradesh with the objective to lay a firm foundation of girls' future through improvement in their educational and economic status and to bring about a positive change in social attitude towards birth of a girl.
The scheme was inaugurated by Chouhan on 1 April, 2007.
"Girls are strengthening the society and country with their efforts and state's every girl is becoming strong through Ladli Laxmi Yojna," said Chouhan.
Chouhan also announced that girl students who will score 85 percent above marks in class 12 examination will be given free books, a bicycle and a laptop.
The Chief Minister also announced relaxation in selection criteria for girls in police recruitment.
"We have decided to reduce height criteria of 158 centimetres before next police recruitment so that more and more daughters can apply," said Chouhan.
Under the Ladli Laxmi Yojana, the government will provide scholarship of Rs. two thousand to girls after admission in standard VI, Rs. 11000 for admission in Class XI, and Rs. 12000 for admission in Class XII.
The government will also give Rs. 1 lakh to those girls who have attained age of 21 years, provided they are not married before the age of 18 years and have appeared in Class XII examination.