‘Kanya Kiran’ to Become Global Programme from Next Year: Dr. Achyuta Samanta

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‘Kanya Kiran’, the massive awareness programme to stop violence against women and girl child, will be carried out at global level from the next year, announced Dr. Achyuta Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS. He was speaking at the flag-off ceremony for the programme’s coordinators, volunteers and participants here on June 9, 2019. Violence against women and girl child has no place in civilized society, he stated, while eliciting support from general public to ensure zero incidence of this social plague. The third edition of Kanya Kiran will start from 10th to 12th June, 2019

Addressing the audience, Anuradha Biswal, Olympian said, KIIT & KISS has always been doing something new for the betterment of the society. Today the time has come to give importance to girl child, she said. ‘Kanya Kiran’ is also a valuable initiative and concept of Dr. Samanta to spread awareness on violence against women and girl child. She thanked Dr. Samanta for this noble concept. Dr. Sasmita Samanta, Registrar, KIIT Deemed to be University said, the world is proceeding with the proper coordination with Nature, People and Technology. “We have to maintain the balance with these three systems, otherwise we will face many problems”, she added. Shri R. N. Dash, Secretary, KIIT & KISS also spoke on the occasion.

‘Kanya Kiran’ was launched by Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) in association with UN Women and Kalinga Fellowship in all the 30 districts of Odisha on June 3 last year. In a mobilization of scale and spread unheard of before, the programme covered all the Panchayats of the State, spreading awareness on social evils of violence against women and girl child among millions of households. Over 3000 staff of KISS and KIIT, particularly women staff were actively involved as coordinators and volunteers. They disseminated the message at household level in villages amid overwhelming response.               

Last year, Kanya Kiran awareness programme was continued throughout the year in different places. It was successful in touching the public conscience and it had a positive impact on curbing the problem of violence against women and girl child, said intellectuals.