Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Ms Mamata Banerjee on Friday transferred financial assistance to 27 lakh girls enrolled under Kanyashree scheme at the click of a button, during the third anniversary celebrations of the historic scheme at Nazrul Manch, Kolkata.
“Girls are our pride. They are our asset. They are our future,” she said while adding that all those who are enrolled under Kanyashree scheme will get a certificate at the age of 18 years.
WB CM was accompanied by UNICEF’s representative to India Louis-Georges Arsenault and a galaxy of stars from the cultural world, including filmmakers, actors and singers. The ceremony began with the cutting of a ‘cake sondesh’ followed by cultural performances by students.
Coochbehar, Murshidabad and Birbhum were declared as the Best Performing Districts in implementing Kanyashree scheme while Purulia and South Dinajpur received Special Awards.
Mr Louis-Georges Arsenault lauded the efforts of the West Bengal Government and said this scheme could become a model for India.
“Isn’t it incredible that 27 lakh girls have been enrolled today under this scheme at the pressing of a button?,” said WB CM while speaking at the ceremony.
“I am proud to say Kanyashree scheme was highlighted at World Girls’ Summit, 2014 in London. We are still fighting for 33% reservation for women in Parliament. Proud to say TMC has 35% women MPs in Lok Sabha,” WB CM added.
She announced that 40 lakh girls and boys, studying in Class VIII-X will receive bicycles in the next few years.