Cradle Baby Scheme – Scheme 38

  • To eradicate female infanticide and to save the girl Children from the clutches of death, “Cradle Baby Scheme” was first introduced in Salem District during 1992.
  • In the year 2001, the scheme was extended to the districts of Madurai, Theni, Dindigul and Dharmapuri, where the practice of female infanticide was in existence.
  • This unique scheme has so far saved 5011 (Male – 959, Female – 4052) children from the clutches of death.
  •  The 2011 census projected an alarming decrease in the child sex ratio in the districts of Cuddalore, Ariyalur, Perambulur, Villupuram and Thiruvannamalai for which various socio economic reasons are attributed.
  • Taking cognizance of this and to set right this negative trend, Cradle baby Scheme was extended to these districts also.
  • Children rescued under the Cradle Baby Scheme have been rehabilitated with an alternate family under adoption programmes.
  • The innovative Cradle Baby Scheme has won accolades in India as well as from other countries.
  • The positive effect of the Cradle Baby Scheme in Tamil Nadu, the child sex ratio which was 942/1000 in 2001 has risen to 943/1000 in 2011.
  • Since this scheme mainly focuses on education of girl children, the rate of girl child literacy which was 64.55% in 2001, has attained exponential growth of 73.44% in 2011.

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