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Odisha Cabinet Nods For 'KHUSHI' & 'KALIA Scholarship'

22 February 2019

Debashish Maharana

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Bhubaneswar: Odisha Cabinet, chaired by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, today accorded its seal of approval to 28 important proposals and prominent among them is the 'Khushi Yojana' to provide free sanitary pads to the state-wide school girls from Class-VI to XII and the Farmers’ Welfare ‘KALIA Scholarship.

Briefing the press later, Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi said that under the ‘KHUSHI’ scheme free sanitary napkins will be provided to around 17.25 lakh adolescent girl students of Class 6th to 12th studying in Government and Government aided schools of the State.

Besides this, the Kendriya Vidyalayas and Jawaharlal Navodaya Vidyalayas located in the State will also be covered under the scheme. Each girl student will be provided with 18 nos. of beltless sanitary napkins per month.

The scheme details were presented before the State Cabinet and after taking all aspects into consideration, the scheme was approved with an outlay of Rs 466.08 crore over a period of five years.

It was also informed that under the approved ‘KALIA Scholarship’, the children of all the beneficiaries under KALIA Scheme will be provided financial assistance for professional or technical courses.

Accordingly, the tuition fees, annual college fees, one time college fees, hostel establishment charges, mess fees etc. shall be provided. The State Government will bear the higher study expenditure of children of the farm families for taking admission in Government Professional Colleges on merit basis.

About 30.2 lakh farm families have already been assisted under the KALIA scheme and their children will be eligible to receive the KALIA Scholarship at present.

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Aditya Prasad Padhi, Chief Secretary, Odisha