“Kanyashree Prakalpa” Gets UN Award

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Kanyashree Prakalpa, the scheme launched by Mamata Banerjee in October 2013, won the United Nations Public Service Award.

The United Nations has awarded the West Bengal government the first place for Public Service for its “Kanyashree” scheme.

The “Kanyashree Prakalpa” is a targeted conditional cash transfer scheme aimed at retaining girls in schools and other educational institutions.

It also aims towards skill development and prevent child marriage.

Over 4 million adolescent girls have already enrolled in the scheme and about $ 500 million handed over to the beneficiaries through their bank accounts.

The scheme is being implemented through 16000 institutes and schools.

India was named first in the Asia-Pacific group for the category: ‘Reaching the Poorest and Most Vulnerable through Inclusive Services and Participation’.

The award ceremony was held at the World Forum, The Hague.

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