Mamata Banerjee Current Affairs - 2019

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12 July: ‘Save Water Day’ observed by West Bengal government

On 12 July 2019, West Bengal government observed Save Water Day across the state to spread the message of water conservation. This is the 1st time the day was observed. From now onwards it will be observed in state each year to create awareness among people to check misuse of water.

About ‘Save Water Day

On occasion of day West Bengal’s Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and eminent persons of different fields including writers, actors and directors of Bengali film and theatre industry and sports personalities, school students took part in Padayatra in Kolkata.

It was also observed in Districts and Blocks of State.

Padayatra: was undertaken in Kolkata which began from Jorashanko Thakurbari and ended at base of Gandhi Statue in city. All present took pledge for conservation of water was also taken on occasion.

On occasion of day Chief Minister urged prople to-

  • Save water and save life.
  • Come forward for joining such social programme
  • Take precautionary measures to save natural resource as water scarcity has become a major issue in world.

Steps Taken for Water Conservation in State

Since 2011, programme of digging ponds is being undertaken throughout state for conservation of water. About 3 lakhs ponds have been dug till now to deal with water scarcity.

State has water conservation programme: Jal dharo Jal bharo (Collect water, store water). To prevent floods and provide water during the period of scarcity, many check dams have been constructed and irrigation canals have been rejuvenated.

From now on state government would observe a Student Day to disseminate message of conservoing water in every sphere of society.

Mamata Banerjee awarded the Skoch CM of the Year Award

The Chief Minister of West Bengal has been awarded the Skoch Chief Minister of the Year Award for the year 2017. The award was given to Mamta Banerjee recognising her contribution in the overall development of West Bengal as West Bengal emerged as the best-performing state in the field of Governance.

West Bengal has won 31 Skoch Awards this year for its performance in different fields and for executing unique projects. According to Skoch Group, Mamata Banerjee was chosen for the prestigious award keeping in mind the West Bengal’s  performance in governance, culture, finance, urban and rural development

West Bengal’s Kanyashree has already earned much critical acclaim. The scheme also won the highest public service award from the United Nations. Kanyashree scheme is a unique initiative of the West Bengal government to improve the status and well being of girls belonging to socially and economically backward families. It helps such families by conditional cash transfers to prevent the families from arranging the marriage of girl child before 18 years of age because of some economic reasons.

West Bengal has also won the top Skoch Award for creating the maximum number of man-days and for the maximum amount spent in paying people for their labour under the 100 days’ work scheme. The state of West Bengal has also won the IPPAI Award for rural electrification in the state. The state has also been conferred with five consecutive Krishi Karman awards in the field of Agriculture.

The Skoch Group is a think tank since 1997 that deals with socio-economic issues in the country while focusing on inclusive growth. Andhra Pradesh CM N Chandrababu Naidu was also awarded by the Skoch Group with ‘SKOCH Sprinter of the Year’ Award.  Commerce and Industry and civil aviation minister Suresh Prabhu won the  ‘Steady Reformer’ Award.