➡ What is Biju Kanya Ratna Yojana
▪️ The Odisha Government has launched the Biju Kanya Ratna Yojana (BKRY) for the development of girls in three districts of the state.
▪️ The scheme was launched by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and will be implemented in Ganjam, Dhenkanal and Angul districts on a pilot basis for three years.
➡ Key features of scheme
▪️ The objective the scheme is to improve Sex Ratio at Birth (SRB) and Child Sex Ratio (CSR) in the three districts.
▪️ The scheme will ensure enrolment of girls in elementary education and also track dropout girls from schools besides creating a better environment for them.
▪️ It will also create awareness on gender discrimination against girls, their nutrition, health and education.
▪️ It also includes provision of toilets for girls in every school, self-defence training and along with promotion of access to education.
▪️ It also seeks to sensitise adolescent girls on reproductive and sexual health issues, training of elected representatives and grassroots functionaries as community champions.
▪️ The CSR in Nayagarh, Angul, Dhenkanal and Ganjam districts had declined from 967 in the 1991 census to 941 in the 2011 census.