West Bengal Kanyashri Prakalpa 2021

The West Bengal Kanyashri Prakalpa Scheme was introduced by the State Government of West Bengal in the year 2013. This scheme was devised by the Department of Women Development and Social Welfare, Government of West Bengal.

This scheme was implemented to enable and empower the education of a girl in the state and also reduce social evils like child marriage, child labor, and school dropout. The method which is used to fulfill the aim of the scheme is a conditional cash transfer to the bank account of the beneficiary for her productive utilization.

The West Bengal Kanyashri Prakalpa is one of the most well-implemented schemes and the effort has been lauded internationally. The United Nations has awarded the scheme for its extraordinary success and reachability in girl’s education in the state.

Objectives

The scheme aims at the growth of education in girl children. India is infamous for discriminatory practices meted out to girl children. Most parents, especially in the rural areas marry off their, underage girl child for various reasons. Then again, girls are also vulnerable because there is a looming fear of selling them off as labor or sex worker.

Hence to control, reduce, and eradicate these practices, the state govt had devised the scheme so that girls be brought back to education and get a monetary benefit for continuing school and higher education. In a poverty-stricken family, monetary help can give the right direction. The plan is to give this benefit to at least 18 lakh girl children across the state.

Eligibility

To be able to apply for availing the West Bengal Kanyashri Prakalpa Scheme, one has to be a girl who is unmarried and is a resident of the state of West Bengal. The eligible age for application is 13 yrs to 18yrs of age, and whose family income is not more than Rs 1,20,000 per annum. For children living in shelter homes under the JJ Act, the age criteria are 18 to 19 yrs.

Also, the girls need to be enrolled in academic, vocational, or sports training institutes. The children who are specially-abled and orphans do not have the criteria of an annual income limitation criteria for availing of this scheme.

Registration

All information related to the scheme can be found on the govt portal wbkanyashree.gov.in. One can apply online through downloadable application forms. The acknowledgment receipt would be provided by the head of the institute.

Moreover, the application form K1 for annual scholarship and K2 for a one-time grant can be also procured from schools or institutes. The forms need to be submitted to the same source. One can easily track the application status online.

Benefits

The conditional cash transfer is the best benefit for the girl child for her education and to protect her from the social evils of child marriage and child labor. Under this scheme a child can get an annual scholarship of Rs 1000, starting from 13 years to 18years of age. The other benefit is a one-time grant given by the state government under this scheme, which is a cash transfer of Rs.25,000, at the age of 18 years.

Similar Yojanas

Schemes launched by the state government

The state governments of India are the next important government bodies right after the central government of the country. The state governments constitute 28 states and 8 union territories

India is a democratic and republic country wherein highest authorities and powers are proffered to the central government. For the state government, real executive powers are given to Chief Minister as he is responsible for heading the Council of Ministers. The state governments of India work toward internal security, such as police department, social welfare, public health betterment and other similar state-related issues. The state government of the country earns its employee income from sales tax services, stamp duty services, and from some parts of GST.

The state governments have launched a variety of schemes so far. Some of the examples are as follows:

In Andhra Pradesh, Chandranna Bima Yojana, National Energy Efficient Agriculture Pumps Program, and Smart Pulse Survey have been launched. In Assam, Mass Rapid Transit System has been recently launched. In Maharashtra, Police Pratisaad Ask services and various schemes for the betterment of farmers have been launched. In Karnataka, PM Santwana Harish Yojana, and Housing scheme for Transgenders have been launched. In Uttar Pradesh, Deen Dayal Upadhyay Gram Jyoti Yojana, Hausla Paushan scheme, and Swadhar Greh yojana have been launched.

The state government of India monitors both rural and urban development. However, it is not feasible for the state government to monitor all rural and urban local government bodies. Thus, based on the provided funding and coverage, rural and urban local entities create development plan whenever required. These government entities work in close association with planning commission and local or regional government sectors and authorities.

Apart from these schemes, the state government also ensures the effective implementation of centrally sponsored schemes in respective states.