CHARGE OF THE GIRL BRIGADE
Out of 552 initiatives from 62 different countries, Bengal government’s initiative was adjudged the best at The Hague as close to three million girls have benefitted from the Kanyashree scheme, writes Suvashish Moitra.
Like her, hate her, or dismiss her – yet, one must be masked in a certain degree of nonchalance to ignore the laudable initiative, Kanyashree Prakalpa, undertaken by the Government of West Bengal, under the leadership of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. Recently awarded the United Nations Public Service Award at The Hague, this programme has not only reached out to the destitute girls across the nooks and corners of Bengal but also spread its wings to create ripples across society. Out of 552 initiatives from 62 different countries, the Bengal government's initiative — a targeted conditional cash transfer scheme aimed at retaining girls in schools, and other educational and skill development institutions to prevent early child marriage — was adjudged the best.