||The Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Department of School Education and Literacy has launched the Centrally Sponsored Scheme ‘National Scheme of Incentive to Girls for Secondary Education (NSIGSE)’ in May 2008 with the objective to establish an enabling environment to reduce the drop-outs and to promote the enrolment of girl child belonging mainly to SC/ST communities in secondary schools. According to the scheme, a sum of Rs. 3,000/- is deposited in the name of eligible unmarried girls on enrolment in class IX as fixed deposit, who are entitled to withdraw it along with interest thereon on reaching 18 years of age and passing 10th class examination. The scheme covers (i) all girls belonging to SC/ST communities who pass class VIII and (ii) all girls who pass VIII examination from Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalayas (irrespective of whether they belong to SC/ST) and enroll in class IX Government, Government aided and local Body schools. Canara bank is the implementing agency for the scheme. The scheme is continued in XII Plan.