Empowerment of girls is the surest shot towards a brighter future. As the saying commonly goes, “teach a man and you educate an individual; teach a girl and you educate a village.”
For the longest time, the role of women has been overlooked. However, with changing times, this notion thankfully seems to be changing. To top it off, the Government is taking an active part in making that happen.
The Kishori Shakti Yojana is a scheme that is initiated by the Ministry of Women and Child Development and is implemented by the Government of Odisha.
The scheme basically aims to provide vocational support to young girls in the age group 11-18 so that they can grow as empowered and responsible citizens of the nation.
Objectives of the Kishori Shakti Yojana
The primary objective of the scheme is to assist juvenile girls to attain better means and access to studies and vocational training so that they have better opportunities for financial independence when they grow up.
The scheme also aims to bring about primary healthcare awareness among girls in this age group and to equip them with adequate information about personal hygiene. This is so that in the long run, they do not fall victim to diseases that stem from poor hygiene habits.
The scheme currently covers a total of 6118 blocks all across the nation right now. Financial assistance provided to each ICDS – the basic infrastructural unit for the implementation of this project – is ₹1.10 lakhs per annum.
With such support from the government, the scheme aims to accomplish greater heights in the decades to come – empowering millions of girls across the country.