Kolkata: The Centre has approved the state's symbol that is going to be formally introduced by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday.
It may be recalled that Banerjee had unveiled it in May 2017 that was sent to the Centre for its approval.
Sources said that the symbol was designed by the Chief Minister and was sent to Delhi after being approved by a committee comprising of experts. The design was placed before a committee, headed by eminent artist Jogen Chowdhury, which approved it.
Moreover, the matter related to introduction of a completely new symbol for the state was also being discussed in a meeting of the Cabinet and it was unveiled and sent to Delhi for final approval after the Cabinet's nod.
The logo highlighting the "Biswa Bangla" theme with Ashoka Pillars on it was sent to the Centre for its approval to allow it as a state symbol.
Introduction of a state's symbol was conceptualised to give a separate identity to Bengal as in all government works and programmes from now on, the state's symbol is going to be used.
The logo will be used, besides the national emblem as a symbol of the state, in all documents as well.
This is for the first time when such a step has been taken by the state government to have a symbol for Bengal.
Now, with the approval given by the Centre, the Bengal government is planning a major programme on Friday when it will formally introduce the symbol by the Chief Minister, who was on a tour in Birbhum district on Wednesday. All senior officials of the state government would also be present in the programme when it will be introduced.
Sources said that the information related to the Centre's approval to the symbol that was being designed by the Chief Minister came on Wednesday.
It may be mentioned that the Chief Minister herself designs logos for all the projects that have been taken up so far by different departments of her government. Not only designing of logos but the Chief Minister also gives names to the respective projects. Worth mentioning are logos for projects including Gatidhara, Sabuj Sathi, Kanyashree, and the like along with the names that were also being given by her.