Bhubaneswar: Launching yet another scheme for all round development of children and particularly welfare of girl child, Chief Minister Naveen Pattnaik on Saturday launched Biju Kanya Ratna Yojana with an aim to improve Sex Ratio at Birth (SRB) and Child Sex Ratio (CSR) in the three districts of Angul, Dhenkanal and Ganjam.
Biju Kanya Ratna yojana will be rolled out in Angul, Dhenkanal and Ganjam Districts for a period of 3 years with a total budget of Rs. 35 crores and aims to create an enabling environment for the survival and development of the girl child, secure her life and ensure her dignity in living.
While launching the scheme, the Chief Minister said “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. I appeal to all my citizens to join hands and work towards eliminating all forms of discrimination towards girl child by generating equal opportunities for them to prosper.”
As Biju Kanya Ratna Yojana launched in Odisha, the government expects the scheme to rein in and improve on the dwindling child sex ratio and SRB in the three districts where the situation is alarming.
Furthering the state government’s efforts in ensuring basic health care and child care in rural areas, the Chief Minister also dedicated to public 1,000 Anganwadi Centres across the state. These 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, he asserted. Reiterating his government’s commitment to provisioning own buildings for all Anganwadi Centres across the state by 2019, he said the inauguration of these 1,000 Anganwadi centres is a huge step in that direction and will enhance service delivery at the grass root level.
It may be noted here that the state presently has 71306 Anganwadi Centres, of which nearly 15000 don’t have own buildings or buildings are under construction.