Home Region Lucknow New Delhi Mumbai Bangalore Hyderabad
Pardaphash Logo
Hindi


Mamata Banerjee flags off Kanyashree scholarship scheme for girls




Published by: Shubhanshu Sharma
Published on: Tue, 01 Oct 2013 at 11:46 IST
Mamata Banerjee flags off Kanyashree scholarship scheme for girls
Kolkata: Takin a dig at women's education in West Bengal, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee initiated the Kanyashree scheme under which and annual scholarship of Rs 500 will be provided to those unmarried girls aged between 13-18 whose family income is below Rs 1.20 lakh.

The scheme was launched at the Netaji Indoor Stadium here in a glittering ceremony, and is aimed at helping the girl students, from class 8-12 to continue their studies.

Flanked by her cabinet of ministers, Banerjee launched the much-advertised initiative with the press of a button, as actors and actresses of the regional film industry encouraged the thousands of school children to continue their education despite adversities.

"Girls are our pride...yes, you can do it...even if you don't have money, borrow and study. We must not neglect the girl child," she said.

The restriction on the annual family income would not be applicable to those who are orphans or are physically challenged. Also, if a girl continues her studies up to the age of 18, a one-time grant of Rs.25,000 would be deposited in her bank account, provided she is unmarried.

10,000 girl students have been brought under its ambit. The government hopes to expand the scheme rapidly in the coming months, and beneficiaries would be paid through direct bank transfers from the exchequer.

"This scheme will be irrespective of caste and community. If she continues her education, or vocational training, or studies in open school, we will transfer Rs.25,000 as a one-time grant in her account," the chief minister said.

"The grant can be utilised for her higher studies or for her marriage," she added.

Officials say the chief minister's involvement with the scheme is so high that she herself christened it, designed the logo, and coined the slogan "Study and Smile".

The government has issued advertisements in both the electronic and print media to give the scheme wide publicity.

Banerjee recently released the video campaign starring leading Bengali film celebrities- Prosenjit, Srabanti, Payel Sarkar and Subhoshree. The 45-second audio-visual is being beamed on television channels, while the chief minister has posted it on her Facebook page.

"The scheme is expected to lower the dropout rate among girl students, and reduce child marriage. Also, it will help the government track those girls who drop out despite being a beneficiary of the scheme, and find out whether they have got involved in any immoral activity," said an officer.

As per initial estimates, the scheme would involve an annual expenditure of Rs.1,000 crore, which the government hopes to meet from the additional revenues it has generated by raising the Value Added Tax rate by one percent.

Previous
Shahrukh Khan honoured with the Dadasaheb Phalke Film Foundation Award
Shahrukh Khan honoured with the Dadasaheb Phalke Film Foundation Award
Shah Rukh Khan honoured at The Asian Awards
Shah Rukh Khan honoured at The Asian Awards
Priyanka Chopra, Ranveer Singh, engage into friendly banter at trailer launch of ‘Dil Dhadakne Do’ | See Gallery
Priyanka Chopra, Ranveer Singh, engage into friendly banter at trailer launch of ‘Dil Dhadakne Do’ | See Gallery
'Main Tamanna' Documentary Trailer Launch & Fashion Show to Raise Funds for Anu Ranjan's 'Beti' Charitable Trust
'Main Tamanna' Documentary Trailer Launch & Fashion Show to Raise Funds for Anu Ranjan's 'Beti' Charitable Trust
Evelyn Sharma & Neil Nitin Mukesh Promoting Hong Kong Tourism
Evelyn Sharma & Neil Nitin Mukesh Promoting Hong Kong Tourism
Hot Sofia Vergara on Vanity Fair Magazine Cover
Hot Sofia Vergara on Vanity Fair Magazine Cover
Poonam Pandey Launches HELEN
Poonam Pandey Launches HELEN
Ranveer Singh discharged from hospital post shoulder surgery
Ranveer Singh discharged from hospital post shoulder surgery
Ireland Baldwin poses nude for lingerie shoot
Ireland Baldwin poses nude for lingerie shoot
Mallika Sherawat Emraan Hashmi's boldest film Murder completes 11 years
Mallika Sherawat Emraan Hashmi's boldest film Murder completes 11 years
Honda Civic Concept Showcased at New York Auto Show
Honda Civic Concept Showcased at New York Auto Show
Anushka Sharma’s jaw dropping photo shoot for Verve March 2015 Edition | See Gallery
Anushka Sharma’s jaw dropping photo shoot for Verve March 2015 Edition | See Gallery
Sunny Leone, Ram Kapoor exhibit hot chemistry in Kuch Kuch Locha Hai
Sunny Leone, Ram Kapoor exhibit hot chemistry in Kuch Kuch Locha Hai
Jay Bhanushali invites Sunny Leone, Sushant Singh Rajput, Daniel Webber at wife Mahhi Vij’s birthday bash
Jay Bhanushali invites Sunny Leone, Sushant Singh Rajput, Daniel Webber at wife Mahhi Vij’s birthday bash
Rajkumar Rao redefines style in latest photoshoot | See Gallery
Rajkumar Rao redefines style in latest photoshoot | See Gallery
Next
BREAKING NEWS
UP CM Akhilesh Yadav orders immediate shut down of schools in state after observing earthquake
Massive quake jolts Nepal, tremors in India
Gajendra Singh was in contact with AAP leader Manish Sisodia: Brother Bijendra Singh
Juveniles aging 16 to18 years to be tried as adults in heinous crimes
 
Opinion Polls
Which Land Acquisition Bill is better?
None
UPA Government's Bill
Narendra Modi Government's Bill


Pardaphash name, logo and all associated elements ® and © 2011 Mahakaal News Management Pvt. Ltd.
All rights reserved. Pardaphash and the Pardaphash logo are registered marks of Mahakaal News management Pvt. Ltd.
Pardaphash is hosted with Enzoo could compute engine.
Valid XHTML 1.0 Transitional
This page is generated in : 0.007 Seconds




EXCLUSIVE: IPL 8 Schedule | Check Here