August 14, 2019
I want Kanyashrees to rise up in life with determination, dedication and devotion: Mamata Banerjee
August 14 is celebrated by the Bangla Government as Kanyashree Dibas, dedicated to the flagship Kanyashree Prakalpa or Kanyashree Scheme. This much-feted scheme was conceived by Chief Minister Banerjee and it was she who inaugurated it on October 1, 2013.
The scheme has benefitted over 60 lakh girls in schools, colleges and universities across the State by spending over 7000 crores of rupees.
Kanyashree Prakalpa has six primary objectives: Incentivising education through scholarships; incentivising education through scholarships; discouraging early marriage of girls;reducing the incidence of dropping out of schools; improving infant mortality rate and maternal mortality rate by delaying the age of marriage and consequently increasing the age of first birth; eradicating under-nutrition and malnutrition of female children; and, preventing trafficking and exploitation.
The scheme also pays for the vocational training of girls so that after passing out of schools, they can start earning by being self-employed.
On this occasion, Mamata Banerjee addressed students at a grand programme. She also awarded girls who had achieved in various fields, including education, sports and others.
Highlights of the chief minister’s speech:
My greetings to all on the occasion of Kanyashree Dibas. Today, the Kanyashree Scheme steps into its sixth year. We celebrate Kanyashree Dibas on August 14, the day we dedicate to girls.
We got the United Nations Public Service Prize for Kanyashree.
Girls are now spread across the globe, excelling in different fields. I harbour a lot of hopes for my Kanyashree girls too to excel. I want them to rise up in life with determination, dedication and devotion, using their education, culture and humanism as a springboard.
We will set up Kanyashree colleges in different districts.
School, college and even university girls now get Kanyashree scholarships.
State Government also provides Swami Vivekananda Scholarships for university education.
As students from Bangla, you have to learn other languages too but you should not forget your mother tongue. Bengali is our pride. There is no language in the world as sweet as Bengali.
I want Kanyashree girls to be feted for their achievements in all corners of the globe. I want them to be able to hold up their heads proudly and say, “I am a Kanyashree”.
The Utkarsh Bangla Scheme has also been awarded by the United Nations.