The Department of Women Development and Social Welfare, Government of West Bengal, has launched the ‘Kanyashree Prakalpa’ under the guidance of Chief Minister, Mamata Banerjee for girl children. The cash transfer scheme aims at improving the status and welfare of the girls.
Recently Kanyashree Prakalpa received the first prize at United Nations Public Service Ceremony. Chief Minister, Mamata Banerjee received this award at the World Forum. On the success of the scheme, Mamata Banerjee said that all the girls turning 18 get Rs 25,000 in their bank account only if they continue their studies and don’t get married.
Presently, the scheme consists of K1 and K2, which provides funds and other requirements for School and College girls respectively.
Now, the scheme extends to girls studying Post graduation and score 45% marks under ’K3’. Under this scheme, students get Rs 2,500 per month for science subjects and Rs 2,000 each month for Art subjects.
Expressing her happiness, Mamata also announced the support NRI’s giving, “Some NRIs came to meet me yesterday and said that they are willing to bear total expenses of 10 meritorious girl students who wish to pursue research work. They also said that they would help in future research work of these students. We are working on this,” she said.
‘Kanyashree Prakalpa’ scheme brought around 41 Lakh young girls in its fold, covering over 15,500 institutions in West Bengal. On speaking about the achievement ‘Kanyashree Prakalpa’ received, Mamata said the scheme had increased the number of girls attending the school.