West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee announced that there would not be any ceiling for a family’s annual earnings to be a beneficiary under the UN award-winning Kanyashree scheme.
The state government would also be coming up with a “Kanyashree University” for girls soon.
Kanyashree is a conditional cash transfer scheme aiming at improving the status and well being of the girl child by incentivizing schooling of teenage girls and delaying their marriages until the age of 18. It received the United Nations Public Service Award last year.
Through the initiative, cash was deposited into the bank account of girls for every year they remained in school and were unmarried. This initiative led to a “drastic reduction in child marriage, the increase in female education and female empowerment.”
The UN Public Service Awards are given by the world body to institutions from across the world for their innovation and excellence in providing public services.
It highlights the pivotal role of public services in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The Awards aim at discovering innovations in governance; reward excellence in the public sector; motivate public servants to further promote innovation; enhance professionalism in the public service; raise the image of public service; enhance trust in government, and collect and disseminate successful practices for possible replication.