Naveen launches Biju Kanya Ratna Yojana for fairer sex

Sep 3: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Saturday launched Biju Kanya Ratna
Yojana for all round development of girl child.
“This innovative
scheme underlines our commitment and endeavor to promote equal opportunities
for women and their empowerment through changes in societal attitudes,” said Patnaik
while launching the scheme at a function at the State Secretariat here.
The scheme to
be rolled out in Angul, Dhenkanal and Ganjam districts for a period of three years
aims to create an enabling environment for the survival and development of the
girl child, secure her life and ensure her dignity in living.
initiative was launched as part of Biju birth centenary.
“Bijubabu’s initiative
to keep 33% seats reserved for women in Government has given a tremendous
platform and opportunity to the women of the state to not only match but also
surge ahead of their male counterparts in various fields of excellence,” said Patnaik.
“Girls are
the pride of our nation. Excelling at the recently held Olympics, the highest
pedestal of sports, our girls have proven their mettle bringing glory to our
country and countrymen. Six girls from Odisha who were also part of the
Olympics contingent this year have made us all bask in glory of their talent
and achievement. Along with sports, our girls have broken many a glass ceilings
by thriving in all spheres of life and profession proving their excellence time
and again,” said Patnaik.
He appeal to
all citizens to join hands and work towards eliminating all forms of
discrimination towards girl child by generating equal opportunities for them to
The CM also dedicated
1,000 Anganwadi Centres across the State to public.
Anganwadi Centres will provide several outreach services in rural areas related
to nutrition, immunization and early childhood education and will be the
cornerstone of human resource development, said Patnaik.
“The State Government
is committed to provisioning own buildings for all Anganwadi Centres across the
State by 2019. The inauguration of these 1,000 Anganwadi centres today is a
huge step in that direction and will enhance service delivery at the grass root
level,” added Patnaik.

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