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Bengal govt's Kanyashree scheme bags UN award

Our Bureau Kolkata | Updated on January 12, 2018

Mamata Banerjee is taking the prize for Kannyashree Prakalpa at Netherland

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

The award ceremony was held at the World Forum, The Hague. A total of 552 projects from 62 countries were nominated for the award.

A trophy and a certificate was received by the Chief Minister, Mamata Banerjee.

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, a release from the State government said. The scheme is being implemented through 16000 institutes and schools.

Published on June 24, 2017

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