West Bengal [WBPSC] Current Affairs - 2020

Webinar Conducted for Sensitization of MPs from ST Constituencies on GOAL Project

For the sensitization of the Members of Parliaments from Schedule Tribe (ST) Constituencies, a webinar was conducted on 10th July 2020. The webinar was conducted by the Ministry of Tribal Affairs.


The GOAL project has started as a Pilot Project by Facebook India back in March 2019. This pilot project was launched with 100 Mentees and 25 Mentors from the ST community in 5 states of India (Odisha, West Bengal, Jharkhand, Maharashtra, and Madhya Pradesh).

Based on the outcomes and experiences from the Pilot Project, in a phased manner over the next 5 years, the GOAL project was decided to be implemented with 5000 youths and 2500 Mentor/ Mentees.

GOAL Project

In partnership with Facebook India, the GOAL Project was launched by the Ministry of Tribal Affairs. The GOAL- ‘Going Online As Leaders’ Project is an initiative under which 5,000 youths from the Tribal Communities of the country will be identified and empowered so that they can become the change-makers of tomorrow.

The GOAL Project has 3 core areas: Literacy, Life Skills, and Leadership & Entrepreneurship. For providing the proper guidance and inspiration for the development of the 3 core areas in the 5000 selected tribal youths, the GOAL project will bridge the gap between the youths and the Mentors/Mentees they require to acquire the skills and abilities that will help them to develop the leadership skills.

For this, a total of 2500 renowned leaders from the businesses, influencers, social workers, artists, government administration, etc will be identified as the Mentors/ Mentees of the 5000 youths. Mentors and Mentee are not necessarily had to belong from the ST community, interested applicants for Mentor/Mentee can apply on the portal- ‘goal.tribal.gov.in’.

West Bengal CM launches Document Scanning App, First Plasma Bank for COVID-19 Patients in West Bengal

A Plasma Bank for the treatment of COVID-19 positive patients has been established at the oldest medical college of India- Kolkata Medical College and Hospital. The Plasma Bank has been set up the Immunohematogy department of the Kolkata Medical College and Hospital by the West Bengal State Health Department.

This was informed by the Chief Minister of West Bengal Mamata Banerjee on 6th July 2020. The Chief Minister further added that 12 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19 have already donated their Plasma. The Plasma Bank in Kolkata Medical College and Hospital is the first Plasma Bank in the State of West Bengal. From 7th May 2020 onwards, Kolkata Medical College and Hospital is operating as a fully-fledged COVID-19 Hospital with 500 beds.

Self Scan App launched by Mamata Banerjee

Following the ban of 59 Chinese mobile applications by the Central Government on 29th June 2020, the West Bengal State’s Information Technology Department has developed a mobile application that will serve as a better alternative for the much popular Chinese document scanning application- Cam Scanner.

The Chief Minister launched the ‘Self Scan’ mobile application that will be available free of cost at various application download platforms.