In a motivating initiative targeted at young girls, President Bidya Devi Bhandari launched the Daughter Education Insurance scheme on February 21, 2019.
The scheme has been introduced under Province 2 Beti Padhau, Beti Bachau campaign, for which it has set aside a budget of NPR 890 million for the fiscal year 2018-19.
Speaking at the inauguration program in Trijuddha Secondary School in Birgunj, Bhandari underscored the need for taking ahead the ‘daughter education’ program.
“Educating the daughters is the need of the day as today’s daughters are tomorrow’s responsible citizens. Education should be imparted to daughters in such a way that they would be able to stand on a strong foundation of culture,” added the President.
Talking about the campaign, Bhandari said that the constitution has also ensured women’s rights.
She highlighted Nepali women’s role in social, economic and political development of the country, while stressing on the importance of eliminating unethical social practices like dowry system that are still existent in the society.
Bhandari reiterated that daughters, daughters-in-law and all women should be treated with respect.
On the sidelines of the inaugural event, the President also stressed on the need for retaining youth seeking employment abroad and engaging them in primary agricultural activities including fertilizer application, irrigation and seed sowing.
She also drew attention to the degradation of the environment in the Chure belt, which is very fragile for infrastructure development and developing integrated settlements.
The President presented documents required for opening fixed deposit accounts to 14 girls, from the 14 wards of Birgunj Sub-Metropolitan City.
At the event, Province 2 Governor Ratneshwar Lal Kayastha and Province 2 Chief Minister Lal Babu Raut briefed about the significance of the program.
Province 2 Social Development Minister Nabal Kishor Saha and Secretary Deepak Subedi, Birgunj Sub-metropolitan City Mayor Bijaya Kumar Sarawagi, Legislator Pradip Yadav and CEO of local Prabhu Bank Limited Ashok Shrestha among others also shared their views on the occasion.
Hopefully, the new scheme will empower girls from the province to avail qualitative education and set an example for other Nepal provinces to follow.