The Women and Child Development Ministry has once again cautioned general public against filling up fake forms in name of Beti Bachao Beti Padhao.

In a statement, the Ministry said, since the beginning of the year, it has been receiving filled up fake forms from many duped girls and women, whereby the forms falsely promise cash incentive in the name of Beti Bachao Beti Padhao Scheme.

It advised the general public not to fall prey to the fraudulent activity of filling fake forms, wasting energy and resource.

The Ministry said, the Beti Bachao Beti Padhao scheme has no provision for individual cash incentive transfer component by Government of India. It added that the scheme focuses on challenging mindsets and deep-rooted patriarchy in the societal system, strict enforcement of Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques, PC&PNDT Act and advancing education of the girl child.

The Ministry said, it is not a Direct Benefit Transfer, DBT scheme and it is implemented through the office of Collectors or District Magistrates or Deputy Commissioners in the Districts and for multi-media advocacy outreach through authorized media agencies.

The fake scheme started by miscreants, which first appeared in the State of UP, gradually spread to neighbouring States like Haryana, Uttrakhand, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Delhi. In some measures, forms have also been received from Bihar, West Bengal, Kerala, Rajasthan.

Total forms received mainly by registered post have flooded the Ministry running into lakhs of fake forms.

The Ministry has taken up with the authorities of the States for checking the menace and has carried out warning public notices against the illegal activity and advising citizens not to fall prey to such misleading and false activity through print media, TVs, Radio, Social Media, Ministry’s website and through post offices, besides action taken by State Governments through their channels and local media.

The warning has been broadcast several times. In the media campaigns, Ministry had advised that no personal details should be shared and no one should subscribe to such fraudulent scheme.

However, many people continue to fall prey to the fraud and even paying money and disclosing personal details for a non-existent benefit or scheme being falsely offered in the name of the scheme.

The Ministry has decided that henceforth, any such fake and illegal forms received will be disposed of summarily by destroying and without issuing any notice. A notification to this effect has been issued by the Ministry.