Biju Kanya Ratna Yojana Scheme in Odisha


Biju Kanya Ratna Yojana Scheme in Odisha

In India the condition of the girl children in certain areas is not good and it is very important that initiatives are taken for the development of girls. Many schemes and initiatives have been taken in the past and many scheme for girls are already running in the country but there are still districts where the condition of the girls is not good. There are certain districts in Odisha as well where the girl child is still taken as a burden and their living condition is very pathetic. Keeping this in mind a new scheme called Biju Kanya Ratna Yojana has been launched in the State of Odisha.

Biju Kanya Ratna Yojana Scheme in Odisha

Name of the scheme Biju Kanya Ratna Yojana
Date of launch 3rd September 2016
Scheme launched by Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik
Scheme coverage 3 districts of Odisha – Angul, Ganjam and Dhenkanal
Objective of the scheme Development of girls and encourage girl children education
Scheme tenure 3 years

On the birth centenary of legendary Biju Patnaik the Odisha Chief Minister launched this scheme with motive of developing the condition of girl child in the Odisha state. Along with this scheme the Odisha Chief Minister also inaugurated 1000 anganwadi buildings in the Odisha.

Reason for choosing the 3 particular districts for the scheme

It has been noted that the child sex ratio in the three districts of Odisha has been declining constantly. The Dhenkanal district has shown a reduction from 967 to 941 in the past 10 years which is alarming. Similar fall has been noted in the other two districts as well. Keeping this mind the Odisha government has come up with the Biju Kanya Ratna Yojana where the main objective will be to improve the child sex ratio and to help in the development of the girl child in these areas. Once the target is met in these districts the scheme would move to other districts of Odisha as well.

This scheme would be an initiative that would support the motives of Beti Bachao Beti Padhao campaign of the Modi government.

Features of the Biju Kanya Ratna Yojana

  • The scheme will be implemented with the similar feature like that of the Beti Bachao Beti Padhao initiative. The main focus of the scheme would be to improve the health, nutrition and education of the girl children.
  • In the first phase of the scheme the three districts of Odisha have been recognized and they will addressed first. Angul, Ganjam and Dhenkanal districts of Odisha have shown a poorer child sex ratio when compared to the other districts of the state.
  • This scheme is a complete state government funded scheme and would follow the rules of the Beti Bachao Beti Padhao campaign.
  • The scheme will be implemented for the next three years in the selected districts during which awareness campaigns would take place.
  • Issues like elementary education to girls, provision of toilets for girls in every school, self-defense training for girls, tracking dropout ratio of girls from schools, promotion of access to education, sensitizing adolescent girls on sexual and reproductive health issues, etc. would be addressed and dealt with.
  • Under this scheme the state government of Odisha would be building around 24000 anganwadi in the coming four years. In the first phase 1000 anganwadis will be constructed.
  • A budge of Rs.3.5 crore has been allotted for the first phase of the scheme. It is estimated that all the targets would be fulfilled within the end of the year 2018.

Some important factors

All the features and rules of Beti Bachao Beti Padhao campaign will be applied to this scheme as well. So the eligibility criteria to the saving accounts scheme would be same as the one in the Sukanya Samriddi Yojana.

All the benefits if the scheme would be applicable for parents with single or two girl child only. The scheme will not be applicable with the parents of a boy child. It has also been mention that a girl who is not married off in the age of 18 would more money for her higher studies.

With this scheme the government of Odisha will be trying its best to improve the child sex ratio in the state and bring about development in the condition of girls in Odisha.

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