All Child Schemes and Plans in India

All Child Schemes and Plans in India

Children are the future of any nation in this world. India is no exception to this golden rule of thumb. Keeping this in mind, every generation that takes control of the nation’s progress and maneuvers it into the future needs to ensure that some steps are taken towards the betterment of the children of the country.

When it comes to child schemes in India, both the public and the private sector play a vital role. Both sectors come up with several schemes and plans that allow parents to invest for securing the future of their children. While the public sector schemes are mostly geared towards the deprived class of the nation, the private sector schemes are mostly driven by capitalistic taste of profit making. Nonetheless, private sector schemes also make a good addition to the options that can be availed by parents and guardians to ensure that their children grow up into great humans on whom the whole nation can depend on.

All Child Schemes and Plans in India

Cutting down the unnecessary words, let us concentrate on taking a look at the child schemes that are available in India. For the purpose of simplicity, we will break down this article into three categories – central government schemes, state government schemes and private sector schemes. The last section on private sector schemes may or may not have subsections, which we will decide over the course of time as we keep working on this article. Until then, please bear with us because this article is going to be a long article.

Central Government Child Schemes in India

In this section we will create a list of all child schemes that the central government launched from time to time to ensure that Indian children can enjoy a better future. Whether these schemes really worked or not is something debatable and we will deliberately skip that debate part. So, lo and behold all the child schemes launched by government of India. You get to see a table!

Scheme NameTarget GroupPurpose
Scheme of National Child Labor ProjectChildren under the age of 14 years who are involved in child laborWithdrawing and rehabilitating children involved in child labor under hazardous conditions.
Scheme for Grant in Aid on Child LaborNon-governmental involuntary organizationsProviding financial aid to such organizations to come up with several schemes to aid with child labor prohibition in areas/districts where central government has not reached effectively.
Integrated Child Development ServicesChildren between the age group of 0 and 6Improve health, provide proper nutrition, reduce school dropouts, reduce morbidity and mortality, lay foundations for proper social, physical and psychological development of children.
Grant in Aid on Child DevelopmentNon-governmental involuntary organizationsProviding financial assistance to such organizations so that they can extend welfare services towards child development where government has not reached effectively but urgent intervention is required.
Balika Samriddhi YojanaFemale children born on August 15, 1997 or later and belong to Below Poverty Line familiesChange negative attitude towards girl child among community and family members, retaining girl children at school, raising the age for marriage of girl child, help the girl child to take part in activities for income generation.
Early Childhood Education for Children Belonging to Age Group 3 to 6Non-governmental involuntary organizationsProvide financial assistance to such organizations like public trusts, voluntary societies and non-profit making companies so that they can assist with the objective of early childhood education.
Pre-Matric Scholarships to the Children of those engaged in Unclean OccupationsChildren of all people who are engaged in unclean occupations like Flaying, Tanning and ScavengingProvide 100% financial assistance to state governments and UT administrations to cover up the expenditures of the scheme so that pre-matric scholarship can be provided to target group.
Ujjawal0aWomen and children who are vulnerable to and victims of human trafficking aimed towards commercial exploitationRescuing, rehabilitating and re-integrating women and children who are vulnerable to and victims of human trafficking through various agencies who have prior experience in the field of trafficking.
Integrated Child Protection SchemeVulnerable children living in difficult circumstancesIntegrate different child protection schemes under a single umbrella and help to protect children from harm through various interventions at both family and community levels.
Rajiv Gandhi Scheme for Empowerment of Adolescent Girls (Sabla)Adolescent girls of age group 11-18 yearsSelf-development as well as empowerment of adolescent girls; measures to spread awareness about aspects like sexual health, hygiene and health; measures for helping adolescent girls to improve and increase their skills.
Rajiv Gandhi National Creche Scheme for the Children of Working MothersChildren belonging to age group 6 months and 6 yearsGenerating provisions for daycare facilities for children, ensuring that emotional development of children, ensuring that social development of the children. Physical and cognitive development of the children are to be ensured. Also providing proper education to parents and caregivers so that the provide better childcare.
Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao YojanaFemale childrenPrevention of killing of girl child or even female feticide, equipping the girl child for survival, ensuring protection of the female child and ensuring continued education of girl child.
Sukanya Samriddhi Yojana (part of Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao Yojana)Female children between the age group 0 years and 6 yearsPromote savings for girl child for her future education and marriage.

 State Government Child Schemes in India

Just like the Central Government, the State Governments in India can decide to come up with some child scheme for the betterment of children in their particular state. Unfortunately, not many schemes exist. For some odd reason, the state governments do not focus on the development of children in their states. Let us take a look at the few child schemes that are run by state governments in India:

Scheme NameTarget GroupStatePurpose
Girl Child Protection SchemeGirl ChildrenAndhra PradeshEnrolling and retaining female children in school, spreading awareness among female children about their rights, encouraging them to get married only after they reach the age of 18, encouraging parents to adopt family planning, getting rid of negative attitude towards girl child in society and in family and more
Girl Child Protection SchemeGirl ChildrenTelanganaSame as above
Integrated Child Development Services SchemeChildren of age group 0-6 years and adolescent girlsPuducherry (UT)Providing immunization to all children, providing all basic health checkup, ensuring that children get supplementary nutrition, making sure that children get nutrition and offer basic preschool education as well as nutrition and health education
Child Protection ProgrammeChildrenChandigarhProtection from and prevention of child abuse, children welfare, providing proper education, creating police stations that are child-friendly, safety of children in slum areas and other parts of the state, prevention of malnutrition, teaching importance of personal hygiene, offering health camps for children and more

 

There aren’t any other state government sponsored child schemes available. Once they become available, we will be updating the list accordingly.

Private Sector: Insurance Companies Child Plans in India

While government-run child schemes are all geared towards welfare of Indian children and their education as well as overall quality of life, the Child Plans offered by insurance companies in India are geared towards individual children of families who opt for such plans and insurance policies. Interestingly, in addition offering insurance coverage, these plans also offer financial security for education of the children. These are actually investment plans are not generalized like government child schemes. Let us take a quick look at the child plans available from different life insurance companies in India.

Insurance CompanyName of Child PlanType of PolicyAge of EntryAge of MaturityTerm of PolicyPolicy Sum Assured
MinimumMaximumMinimumMaximumMinimumMaximum
AEGON Life InsuranceEduCare Advantage Insurance PlanMoney Back Policy – Traditional20 years60 years75 years14 yeas or 16 years or 20 yearsINR 1 lakhThere’s No limit
Rising Star Insurance PlanULIP18 years for parent and 1 day for child48 years for parent and 15 years for child65 years25 years minus the entry age of child10 times annual premium or 0.5 x policy term x annual premium, whichever is greater OR 7 times annual premium or 0.25 x policy term x annual premium, whichever is greater18 times or 10 times the annual premium
ICICI PruSmart Kid Assure PlanULIP20 years for parent and 0 years for child60 years for parent and 15 years for childNot applicable for parent but 18 years for child75 years for parent and 30 years for child15 years minimum and 25 years maximum5 times total annual premium subject to 1 lakh minimumAccording to max multiples
Aviva Life InsuranceYoung Scholar Secure PlanTraditional Money Back21 years for parent and 0 years for child50 years for parent and 12 years for child71 years21 years minus entry age of child10x of annual premium or sum assured at maturity, whichever is higher OR 105% of all premiums that have been paid
Young Scholar Advantage PlanULIP21 years for parent and 0 years for child45 years or 40 years (for regular pay or limited pay respectively) for parent and 17 years for child60 years10 years minimum and 25 years maximumBasic sum assured + top-up sum assured OR 105% of all premiums that have been paid, whichever is higher, with waiver of all premiums in future
Bajaj AllianzLifelong AssureTraditional Whole Life10 years55 years100 years100 years minus entry age1 lakhNo limit
Young AssureTraditional Child Insurance18 years50 years28 years60 years10/15/20 years10x annual premium payable
Bharti AXAChild Advantage PlanTraditional Child Plan18 years50 years for regular pay and 55 years for limited pay71 years for regular pay and 76 years for limited pay11 years minimum and 21 years maximumINR 25,000 minimumNo limit
Birla Sun LifeVision Star PlanTraditional Money Back18 years55 years75 years14 years minimum and 21 years maximum OR, 16 years minimum and 23 years maximumINR 1 LakhNo limit
HDFC Standard LifeYoung Star Super PremiumULIP18 years65 with just Life Option and 55 years with both Life and Health options75 years for just Life option and 65 years for both Life and Health options10 years minimum and 20 years maximum10 times or 7 times of annual premium (depending on age of the insured)40 times the annual premium
Young Star Udaan PlanLife Insurance – Traditional Type30 days60 years18 years75 yearsMinimum of 15 years and maximum of 25 yearsTerm for paying premium, term of the insurance plan and age of the insured person are the three factors that determine the sum assured.
Max Life InsuranceShiksha Plus SuperULIP21 years50 years65 years10 years or 15 to 25 years10x annual premiumNo limit
PNB MetLifeSmart Child PlanULIP18 years for policy holder and 90 days for beneficiary55 years for policy holder and 17 years for beneficiary10/15/20 years10x annual premium
College PlanTraditional Money Back20 years45 years69 years12 years minimum and 24 years maximumINR 212,040INR 42,44,482
SBI LifeSmart Champ Insurance PlanTraditional Participating21 years for policy holder and 0 years for child50 years for policy holder and 13 years for child70 years for policy holder and 21 years for child21 years minus entry age of childINR 1 lakhINR 1 crore
 Smart ScholarULIP18 years for policy holder and 0 years for child57 years for policy holder and 17 years for childNot applicable for policy holder but 18 years for child65 years for policy holder and 25 years for child8 years minimum and 25 years maximum1.25x single premium for single pay variant and for regular pay variant, greater of 10 or 7 times annual premium or 0.5 or 0.25 times term times annual premium1.25x or 5x single premium for single pay and for regular pay, 20x annual premium
Edelweiss TokioLive Edu Save PlanTraditional Child Insurance18 years45 years60 years10 years minimum and 30 years maximumINR 225,000No limit
Future GeneraliAssured Education PlanTraditional Child Insurance21 years for parent and 0 years for child50 years for parent and 10 years for child35 years67 years17 years minus entry age of child10x all premiums or 105% of total premium paid, whichever is higher
Kotak LifeHeadstart Child Assure PlanULIP18 years60 years28 years70 years10 years minimum and 25 years maximum10x or 7x annual premium OR 0.5 x term x annual premium or 0.25 x term x annual premium, whichever is higher
Life Insurance Corporation (LIC)New Children’s Money Back PlanTraditional Money Back0 years12 years25 years25 years minus entry age of childINR 1 lakhNo limit
Jeevan TarunTraditional Child Plan0 years12 years25 years25 years minus entry age of childINR 1 lakhNo limit
Tata AIASuper Achiever PlanULIP25 years for life insured and 30 days for child50 years for life insured and 17 years for child70 years10 years minimum and 20 years maximum10x of sum of all premiums paid
DHFL PramericaFuture Idol Gold+Traditional Child Insurance18 years50 years65 years15/20/25 yearsINR 1.5 lakhsINR 5 crores
IDBI Federal Life InsuranceChildsurance Savings Protection Insurance PlanTraditional Money Back18 years and 1 month for child40 years if opted for regular pay and 50 years if opted for limited pay and 18 years for child28 years65 years if opted for regular pay and 75 years if opted for limited pay10 years minimum and 25 years maximumMinimum will depend on factors like age, tenure of policy and premium amountThere is no limit
Wealthsurance Future Star Insurance PlanULIP18 years54 years28 years64 years10 years minimum and 25 years maximum7/10x annual premium or 0.25/0.5 x term x annual premium, whichever is higherIf policy holder is above 54 years of age, 7/10x annual premium. If policy holder is below 54 then term of paying premium x 2 x annual premium but cannot exceed 15 times annual premium
Shriram Life InsuranceNew Shri Vidya PlanTraditional Money Back18 years50 years70 years10 years minimum or 25 years maximumINR 1 lakhNo limit
New Shri Vivah PlanTraditional Insurance18 years50 years70 years10 years minimum or 20 years maximumINR 1 lakhNo limit
Star Union Da-ichi Life InsuranceBright Child PlanTraditional Money Back19 years for parent and 0 years for child45 years for parent and for child there are two options: (a) term for premium paying until child reaches 18 years minus 8 years and (b) 10 years term for premium paying minus 7 years69 years for parent and 24 years for child16 years minimum and 24 years maximumINR 5 lakhsINR 1 crore
India First Life InsuranceHappy India PlanULIP18 years50 years60 years10 years minimum and 25 years maximum7/10x annual premium or 0.25/0.5 x term x annual premium, whichever is higher7 or 14 times yearly premium (totally dependent on age of policy holder) or if the age of the policy holder is greater than or equal to 45 years then, 0.25 x policy term x yearly premium

The above list provides more or less all of the insurance companies operating in India and offering child plans that can be used for securing the future of a child. Unfortunately, these plans are not designed for charity-type work. They have no connection with government plans and schemes whatsoever. While government plans are all designed for India as a whole (since the Indian government is responsible for development of the nation), child plans from insurance companies are all designed for individual children whose parents can afford to purchase such insurance policies.

Since we are talking about insurance companies, there is an important question that you should be asking, ‘which life insurance company to select and how to select?’ Definitely you do not want to take risks when the future of your child is concerned and also you will be putting in your hard earned money!

This is a difficult question to answer because this financial decision should be taken by you based on your proper research and understanding. However, you should keep in mind the following points:

  • While selecting an insurance company take a look at how long the company has been in business in India.
  • Usually all insurance companies in India are a joint venture between an Indian company and a foreign company (not true for LIC). You need to check out the track records of all individual companies – foreign or national.
  • Don’t forget to take a look at the claims settlement ratio of all the companies, i.e. the number of claims they pay out every single year against the number of claims they declined or number of claims that are pending for processing.
  • In case you are opting for unit linked plans, you need to check out the net value of the funds managed by each company and their performances over the period of past 5, 8 or 10 years to understand how they have been performing in market.
  • If possible, talk to old customers of the company you are eyeing for. You can gain some amazing knowledge from their experiences.
  • Thoroughly compare the insurance policies of different companies to understand how they fair against each other. Some may offer higher sum assured against lower premium rates. But remember, this condition should not be the only parameter for selecting a company. You should invariably look into their claims settlement ratio.

With above points in mind, there are a few companies that can be easily trusted. LIC ranks highest amongst all companies because it is the oldest insurance company in the nation and has the best settlement ratio for claims. ICICI Prudential, Bajaj Allianz, Tata AIA, Birla Sun Life, Max Life, SBI Life, HDFC Standard Life, Bharati AXA and AVIVA are some of the best companies that you can depend on while selecting a proper child insurance plan.

In case you are not looking for an insurance plan but for a government-backed child scheme, you can go for Sukanya Samriddhi Yojana. However, this is restricted to only and only female children. So, make a wise and informed decision before you invest your hard earned money into something.