Rajiv Gandhi Scheme for Empowerment of Adolescent Girls (RGSEAG) – It is a scheme to empower adolescent girls of 11-18 years by nurturing their nutritional and health status, upgrading various skills like home skills, life skills, and vocational skills. The girls will also be furnished with information on health and family welfare, hygiene and guidance on existing public services. The scheme is being executed in 200 districts across the country on a pilot basis while in the left out districts Kishori Shakti Yojna (KSY), where operational, will continue as before. The scheme is being executed using the platform of Integrated Child Development Scheme (ICDS) wherein Aanganwadi Centres (AWC) would be the focal point for the delivery of services. The scheme would cover adolescent girls (only covered out of school girls)11–18 years old under all Integrated Child Development Services projects in selected 200 districts in all states/UTs in the country. The target audience would be subdivided into 11-15 and 15–18 years
The goals of the program are:
- Making the Adolescent girls for self-development and empowerment
- Improvise their nutrition and health status.
- Encourage awareness about health, hygiene, nutrition, adolescent reproductive and sexual health (ARSH) and family and child care.
- Enhance home-based skills, life skills and integrate with the National Skill Development Program (NSDP) for vocational skills.
- Mainstream bifurcation of school adolescent girls into formal/ nonformal education.
- Give information/guidance about existing public services such as PHC, CHC, Post Office, Bank, Police Station, etc.
An integrated package of services is to be provided to adolescent girls as follows:
- Providing Nutrition provision
- Iron and Folic Acid (IFA) add-on
- Regular Health check-up and Referral services
- Nutrition & Health Education (NHE)
- Educating on family welfare, ARSH, child care practices, and home management
- Life Skill Education and accessing public services
- Vocational training for girls above 16 years of age under NSDP