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With Punjab polls knocking at the door, the SAD-BJP government has injected fresh funds into the ‘Nanhi Chhaan’ campaign of Bathinda MP Harsimrat Badal. Twenty-five skill development centers for girls named ‘Nanhi Chhaan Rural Skill Center’ are being opened in the state with an estimated cost of Rs 20 lakh per center for which the government has spent Rs 4 crore. The centers have been named after ‘Nanhi Chhaan Foundation’ which is run by Harsimrat with the tagline- Save the Girl Child, Save the Environment.
First such rural skill center was inaugurated at Fatehgarh Sahib where currently 70 girls are being trained in beauty, wellness and hair styling.
However, with assembly polls just few months away, the SAD-BJP government in a bid to revamp the campaign has announced this major project after a long gap.
While 200 other skill development centers have been opened in the state for both boys and girls under the Centre’s Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Grameen Kaushalya Yojana, these ‘girls exclusive’ centers named after Nanhi Chhaan have been opened solely with investment of state government.
For the purpose, the state government has tied up with Kolkata-based Indus Edutrain Private Limited, which is providing training to girls.
Speaking to The Indian Express, Sanjiv Garg, Additional Deputy Commissioner (Development), Fatehgarh Sahib said, “The first Nanhi Chhaan rural skill center for girls has been opened in Fatehgarh Sahib. Here, we are providing skill training for beauty,wellness and hair styling for 70 girls currently. The girls will be getting certification from internationally renowned hair expert Jawed Habib.”
Chitbir Cheema, regional manager of Indus Edutrain said, “We have tied up with the Punjab government to provide training to girls in 25 such centers which are being opened at Bathinda, Muktsar, Patiala, Jalandhar, Mansa etc. The one at Fatehgarh Sahib has been made operational.”
These centers have been opened under Punjab Skill Development Mission.
ADC(D) Garg said that minimum 50% placement has also been promised to the girls by the center. “The entire expenditure on these girl-only centers have been done by state government. Around Rs 20 lakh have been spent on this center and it is especially for rural girls.”
Meanwhile, a source from SAD women’s wing said, “With polls nearby, the complete revamp of Nanhi Chhaan has been planned. These skill development centers are one of the many activities which have been planned. Nanhi Chhaan will be used as an appropriate tool to woo women and young girls during campaigning.”