The objective of this scheme is to motivate girls to continue education after primary level.
Under the scheme, free bicycle is given by the state government to a rural girl, who takes admission in class IX in another village. The scheme’s benefit is given to village girls belonging to scheduled castes, scheduled tribes, backward class as well as general category. Since 2009, the benefit of this scheme is being extended to girls belonging to all the sections of society.
The scheme was later expanded further and now free bicycles are also being given to the girls in whose village there is no middle school and they have to take admission in class VI in the middle school of other village.
So far, 16.50 lakh bicycles have been distributed.
Before the implementation of this scheme, there were lakhs of girls, who had to abandon studies after completing primary education only because there was no middle, high or higher secondary school in their village and they did not have means to travel to other villages to pursue education. Going on foot was difficult as well as risky. The scheme has removed all these hurdles.