Besides allotting the fund for Teachers’ Day, Banerjee has also urged the Consumer Affairs minister Sadhan Pande to involve students from colleges and universities to create awareness on various issues. Indranil Sen, minister-of state for Information and Cultural Affairs, was directed to organise fairs like Poushmela in 600 colleges.
Banerjee said that teachers teach how to differentiate between good and bad. They are very precious for the society.
“Thus in a bid to show respect to the teachers, the colleges will be getting Rs 20,000 each. Students unions will be organising the programmes in their respective colleges and universities. The programme will initiate from this year itself,” she said.
The announcement of the Chief Minister with only a few days left for the Teachers’ Day has made both the students and teachers happy as it would help them to organise a centralised programme in their respective colleges.
She directed the state Youth Affairs minister, Aroop Biswas to take necessary steps to change the existing “Youth Affairs” department to “Students and Youth Affairs” department.
At the same time, the fairs including science fairs which were being organised at block levels will be held in colleges and universities from now on.
She also urged the students to get involved in social services through good works like organising blood donation camps in their colleges in winter, writing songs on “Safe Drive, Save Life” campaign and health awareness camps.
She also sought suggestions of college goers during Friday’s rally on the suggested new names of the state. She asked to give them their opining on “Bangla” or “Banga”. Hardly anyone raised their hands or replied in favour of “Banga”. Almost all were in favour of the name “Bangla”.
On another important issue like recruitment of teachers, she said that process of recruiting 65,000 teachers will be completed within 15 days once cases pending with the court are withdrawn.
It may be mentioned that recruitment in the vacant posts of teachers cannot be conducted as the cases were pending before the Court.
Taking a dig at CPI(M) leaders, she said that there are some comrades including formed Mayor Bikash Ranjan Bhattacharya who do Political Interest Litigation instead of Public Interest Litigation. There are some people who file cases in court and stage demonstration protesting against the delay in the recruitment process just to get publicity.
Bhattacharya used to enjoy visiting some other places when people in the city used to suffer for water logging for four continuous days in the city.