The Odisha government today launched the Biju Kanya Ratna Yojana (BKRY) for the development of girls in three districts of the state.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik launched the scheme at the state secretariat. The objective of the scheme is to improve Sex Ratio at Birth (SRB) and Child Sex Ratio (CSR) in these districts.
The scheme, announced in the state’s budget, will be implemented in Ganjam, Dhenkanal and Angul districts in the first phase. The three districts were identified as the places where the girl child sex ratio at birth is low in comparison to other districts of Odisha.
The CSR has declined from 967 in the 1991 census to 941 in the 2011 census in Nayagarh, Dhenkanal, Angul and Ganjam districts. However, Nayagarh is covered under Beti Bachao Beti Padhao scheme, said an official.
Biju Kanya Ratna Yojana aims at providing elementary education to girls, provision of toilets for girls in every school, self defence training for girls, tracking dropout ratio of girls from schools, promotion of access to education, sensitising adolescent girls on sexual and reproductive health issues, training of elected representatives/grassroots functionaries as community champions to mobilise communities to improve CSR and girls’ education.
The state government will spend Rs 3.5 crore for the three-year planned scheme which is expected to be completed by March 31, 2019.