Kolkata: Nine innovative and people-friendly projects of Bengal have bagged the SKOCH Order of Merit out of which six have received top awards. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee shared the development through a Facebook Post on Saturday.
"I am happy to share with you what good governance in Bengal is achieving. 9 innovative and people-friendly projects from Bengal have got the SKOCH Order of Merit out which 6 have got the top awards," Banerjee posted on her Facebook.
Banerjee further wrote on her Facebook page that SKOCH Platinum Awards have been won for projects on Ease of Doing Business, Inspection Reforms and Sishu Aloy.
"SKOCH Gold Awards have been won by "Yubashree" project on skill development and enhancing employability of youth, "Samajik Suraksha Yojana" project on social security for workers and e-District project on online services to citizens," the Chief Minister posted.
"We have undertaken a major stride on Ease of Doing Business Receiving online applications and issuing clearances are being done through online mode. The departments like Urban Infrastructure, Housing, Food Processing, MSME, Healthcare, Education, IT, Tourism, Financial Services etc have been given time frames for clearing applications related to business and the windows for the final nod has been integrated to the minimum," an official of the Industry department said.
Speaking about the Sishu Aloy project that was launched in November 2015, an official of Women & Child Development department said that the project was launched with the mission to make children "school-ready". The state government has set a target of setting up 1.16 lakh Sishu Aloys in the state in the next few years. Till date, the government has set up 2,404 Sishu Aloys in various districts that includes Howrah, Purulia, Purba and Paschim Medinipur, Bankura, Malda, Uttar Dinajpur, Darjeeling, Dakshin Dinajpur, Birbhum, North and South 24 Parganas. Two have come up in Correctional Homes too.
It has not been for the first time that projects of the Bengal government has been awarded. In the month of June, Banerjee's pet project Kanyashree was accorded the highest award for public service at the United Nations.
The project was launched in 2011 to empower the girl child with education and was ranked the best among 552 such social sector schemes from across 62 countries that were nominated for the coveted award. The award was presented at the World Public Service Forum by UN Assistant Secretary General at a ceremony in The Hague in Netherlands.
The Central government has awarded the state government with Krishi Karman awards for excellence in agriculture on more than one occasions too.