Kanyashree Prakalpa (Girl Child) scheme

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  • It is a scheme of West Bengal
  • This scheme has received the highest prize in United Nations Public Service Award
  • West Bengal has been awarded in the Asia-Pacific group for the category: ‘Reaching the Poorest and Most Vulnerable through Inclusive Services and Participation‘.
  • Scheme:
    • Aims to improve the lives and the status of the adolescent girls.
    • The scheme provides financial help to the girls to pursue higher studies. Earlier girls from disadvantaged families were eligible, now income ceiling criteria has been removed.
    • It also aims to prevent child marriage. Increased educational attainment, prevention of child marriage and financial inclusion are the objectives of the scheme.
    • Under this scheme, cash transfers have been provided to them as scholarships as long as they continue going to school.
    • The scheme was launched in October 2013
    • Targeted Beneficiaries:  All girl children within age of 13 to 19 in the state.  Girls regularly attending institutions for education or vocational or sports training. Girls of Child Care Institutes registered under Juvenile Justice Act (JJ), 2000 within age of 18-19 years.