Empowering Girls in West Bengal: The Kanyashree Prakalpa Program
Kanyashree Prakalpa is a program that helps girls in West Bengal, India. It was started on October 1, 2013, and it is only available to girls who live in West Bengal and go to school there.
What Does Kanyashree Prakalpa Do?
Kanyashree Prakalpa has three main goals:
1. Prevent Child Marriage
Child marriage is when a girl gets married before she is 18 years old. Kanyashree Prakalpa wants to stop child marriage by giving girls money to stay in school. When girls stay in school, they are less likely to get married too young.
2. Help Girls Get an Education and a Job
Kanyashree Prakalpa wants to help girls get a good education and find a job. They do this by giving girls life skills education, like learning about their rights, how to be healthy, and how to manage money. They also help girls find a job or start a business.
3. Educate Parents and Boys
Kanyashree Prakalpa wants to teach parents and boys about the importance of girls getting an education and having a job. When everyone understands how important it is for girls to be educated and have a job, it helps girls succeed.
Who Can Join Kanyashree Prakalpa?
Under the Kanyashree Prakalpa program, unmarried girls between the ages of 13 and 18 who are studying in class VIII, IX, XI, or XII in a recognized school can receive an annual scholarship of Rs. 500 if their parents’ annual income is up to Rs. 1,20,000. Eligible girls can apply for the scholarship using the K1 form available at their school. If a girl has already received the scholarship in the previous year and has an ID, she does not need to apply again in the successive years. Instead, the head of the institution will recommend her name for the scholarship to the District Magistrate through the Sub-divisional Officer/Block Development Officer.
A girl student born on or after 01.04.1995 who is between the ages of 18 and 19 and has not yet turned 19 can receive a one-time grant of Rs. 25,000 if she remains unmarried and continues her education, vocational course, or sports training. Her parents’ annual income must be up to Rs. 1,20,000. Eligible girls can apply for the grant using the K2 form available at their school.
Eligible girls must submit the filled-in K1/K2 forms to their respective educational institutions. Along with the application form, they must also submit the following documents:
- Passport size photo
- Age proof certificate
- Certificate regarding marital status
- Income certificate
- Certificate from the head of the educational institution regarding age and educational qualification
All documents must be duly attested by a Gazetted Officer/MP/MLA/Counsellor/Pradhan of G.P. There is no upper limit on the annual income of parents if the girl child is disabled, if both of her parents are dead, or if she is an inmate of a J.J. Act home.
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