West Bengal [WBPSC] Current Affairs - 2019

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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.

Objective:

  • 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.

West Bengal CM launches ‘Didi Ke Bolo’ campaign

Chief Minister of West Bengal Mamata Banerjee launched a unique initiative called ‘Didi Ke Bolo’ (Tell your sister) campaign to reach out to people of State. This campaign for common masses, is devised to entertain voters’ regarding various issues for which phone number (9137091370) and website www.didikaybolo.com are also launched. The move is being seen as fresh plans to mobilise people and strengthen party at booth level ahead of Assembly polls due in 2021.

Didi Ke Bolo initiative

The Didi Ke Bolo initiative or Tell Didi (Ms. Banerjee) has been developed as a platform with phone number and website to communicate directly with Trinamool Congress (TMC) chief.

Its online platform will be monitored by a special IT team who will coordinate with Chief Minister for her prompt reply on issues raised by people across West Bengal.

Under the campaign-

A team will monitor complaints lodged by people against any issue and will convey them to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who will then personally respond to complainants through social media which could be Facebook, WhatsApp, text or voice messages.

More than 1,000 elected representatives and TMC party functionaries will visit more than 10,000 villages and urban habitations to listen to people. As part of an enhanced public relations campaign functionaries will also spend night in those habitations and also listen to residents of area.