- Women and women related issues.
What to study?
For Prelims: Key features of the Scheme.
For Mains: Significance and performance of the scheme.
Context: The state government of West Bengal is setting up Kanyashree University in Nadia district and Kanyashree colleges across the state so as to empower girls.
About Kanyashree scheme:
What is it? Kanyashree is a conditional cash transfer scheme aiming at improving the status and wellbeing of the girl child by incentivising schooling of teenage girls and delaying their marriages until the age of 18. It received the United Nations Public Service Award last year.
Performance of the scheme: 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, increase in female education and female empowerment.”
Facts for prelims:
The United Nations, in 2017, awarded the West Bengal government the first place for Public Service for its “Kanyashree” scheme.
Sources: the hindu.