The main motive of the Scheme for Adolescent Girls (SAG) is to cover the girls between age 11 to 14 years for nutrition support so that they could be motivated to go back for formal schooling or skill training under its non-nutrition component. This scheme also equips girls with information on health, hygiene and guidance on existing public services.
The key objective of the scheme is to facilitate, educate and empower Adolescent Girls (AGs) so as to enable them to become self-reliant and aware citizens. The scheme has the following objectives -
- Enable the Adolescent Girls (AGs) for self-development and empowerment.
- Improve their nutrition and health status.
- Promote awareness about health, hygiene, nutrition.
- Support out of school Adolescent Girls (AG) to successfully transition back to formal schooling or bridge learning / skill training.
- Provide information/guidance about existing public services such as Primary Health Centers, Rural Hospitals etc.
Scheme for Adolescent Girls (SAG) being implemented in 205 districts shall be expanded in phased manner. The pattern of phased expansion will be as under -
- Phase-1: In 2017-18, the scheme will be extended with revised financial norms to additional 303 high burden districts identified under National Nutrition Mission (NNM).
- Phase-2: In 2018-19, the scheme will be extended with revised financial norms to all the districts of the country.
List of 205 districts is at Annexure-I. List of 303 districts selected for expansion of the scheme in 2017-18 is at Annexure-II. Kishori Shakti Yojana (KSY) will be phased out with the expansion of Scheme for Adolescent Girls (SAG).
The Scheme will cover out of school girls in the age group of 11-14 years. The out of school girls in the age group of 11+ to 14 years, are entitled for supplementary nutrition under the scheme they will also receive life skills education, nutrition and health education, awareness about socio-legal issues, existing public services etc. The scheme aims at motivating out of school girls to go back to formal schooling or vocational /skill training under non-nutrition component of the scheme.
The scheme will be implemented through existing Anganwadi Centres (AWCs) under Integrated Child Development Scheme (ICDS).
A package of services would be given to adolescent girls is as under -
- Nutrition provision
- Iron and Folic Acid (IFA) supplementation
- Health check-up and Referral services
- Nutrition & Health Education (NHE)
- Mainstreaming out of school girls to join formal schooling, bridge course /skill training
- Life Skill Education, home management etc.