Mamata Banerjee Current Affairs - 2020

Biswa Bangla Sharad Samman 2019

On the occasion of Durga Puja, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee presented Biswa Bangla Sharad Samman 2019 to 79 community Durga Pujas that received awards in different categories.

The Durga Puja festival helps in community development, building relations among people to people besides generating income. From past your years the state government of West Bengal is organizing Durga Puja Carnival that has created a good impact among people. UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) has also agreed to recognize Durga Puja as World Cultural Heritage.

About Biswa Bangla Sharad Samman (BBSS)

On the occasion of Durga Puja, West Bengal Government has come up with a unique initiative called ‘Biswa Bangla Sharad Samman’. The initiative was started in 2013 and is in its 7th year.

Objective: To recognise and appreciate the brilliance and innovation in organising Durga Puja.

Organised by: Information and Cultural Affairs Department of Government of West Bengal.

It is a unique event which annually attracts local, national and international participation in an immensely healthy competition for excellence.

This initiative involves Baroari (or Community) pujas from Kolkata, districts of West Bengal, other Indian states as well as from foreign countries to participate and get honoured for their innovative ideas about idols, ambience, pandals, environment and artistry.

Award Zone Categories:

  • Kolkata
  • Rest of West Bengal
  • Rest of India
  • Rest of World

West Bengal govt. to set up Kanyashree University in Nadia district to empower girls

The state government of West Bengal is setting up Kanyashree University in Nadia district and Kanyashree colleges across the state so as to empower girls. The Kanyashree university would be only for women.

Earlier in January 2019, the West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee laid the foundation stone of new Kanyashree university at Krishnagar in Nadia district.

About Kanyashree scheme

Background: The Kanyashree scheme was started by state government to empower girls in 2013. In 2017, the Kanyashree scheme won the first prize in UN award and the state government was awarded by United Nations for Public Service for its Kanyashree scheme. So far the scheme has been allocated a budget of Rs 7,000 crore and has empowered over 60 lakh girl students.


  • To ensure that girls study in schools and delay their marriages until they attain 18 years of age.
  • To empower girls from school to university level so that they can become independent women.
  • To improve the status and well-being of girls, particularly those from socio- economically disadvantaged families through conditional cash transfers.

Cash transfer components of Scheme

An annual incentive of Rs.750 is given to girls in age group 13 to 18 years and studying in Class 8 for every year till they continue their education, the only condition being that they are unmarried at the time.

One-time grant of Rs.25,000 is also given to girls once they attain 18 years of age, provided they are engaged in an academic/occupational pursuit and unmarried.