New Delhi: Issuing a stern warning against spurious schemes being floated in the name of 'Beti Bachao Beti Padhao' scheme, the central government has advised people against falling into the trap of such frauds.
"It has come to our notice that certain unauthorised sites, organisations, NGOs, and individuals are distributing illegal forms in the name of cash incentive under 'Beti Bachao Beti Padhao' scheme," the Union Women and Child Development Ministry said in a statement.
"It is a completely nonexistent thing in the ministry. It appears to us that people are being charged for these forms. The police are investigating the matter," an official from the ministry told IANS.
"Even if they are not being charged, people should report to the police. Why should they share any sensitive information about a girl child with anyone, who is running something unauthorised in the name of this scheme," he said.
The ministry has taken up this matter with the Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Uttarakhand, Punjab and Bihar government, also noting that the fraud is taking place in Delhi too.
It pointed out that the scheme has no provision for individual cash transfer by the government.
It said that the scheme's focus is on issues of women's empowerment over a life cycle continuum. It is not a DBT (Direct Benefit Transfer) scheme.
The ministry has advised that no personal details should be shared in this regard and no one should subscribe to such "fraudulent scheme".
The case has also been referred to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).