May 20, 2015
Biswa Bangla: Bengal’s schemes now globally recognised
Shaking away the shackles of the past, West Bengal has now emerged as a model of not only India but the entire world.
Several of the schemes and projects initiated by the Trinamool Government in West Bengal have gained international recognition, thus paving the way for Biswa Bangla.
The ‘Kanyashree Prakalpa’ or ‘Kanyashree Scheme’ is one of the flagship schemes of the Government, which gained widespread recognition. Launched on October 1, 2013, in about a year-and-a-half, more than 22 lakh girls have registered under the scheme. The government plans to extend the benefit to 40 lakh girls in the next two years.
UNICEF (United Nations Children’s Fund) has become a partner of the West Bengal Government for the implementation of Kanyashree scheme. The partnership between UNICEF and West Bengal Government is not a superficial involvement but a technical partnership. The Department for International Development (DFID), United Kingdom and UNICEF had together selected the scheme for presentation at the Girl Summit 2014 in London.
WB Govt observes Kanyashree Dibas on August 14
Nadia district gets UN Award
Another scheme to get such recognition is the ‘Sabar Souchagar’ or ‘Toilets For All’ project for the district of Nadia. It won the first place in the Asia-Pacific region in the ‘Improving the Delivery of Public Services’ category at the United Nations Public Service Award 2015.
The project has also been selected by Loughborough University, UK as an inspiring model for eliminating open defecation, and it is to be presented at the WEDC International Conference in July.
Nadia declared as India’s first ODF district
Bengal Panchayati Raj
The project to strengthen panchayati raj institutions in West Bengal has been immensely praised by World Bank. According to the World Bank report presented in 2013, the performance of gram panchayats improved substantially on all fronts.
As a result, out of 1000 gram panchayats from nine project districts, 792 qualified for receiving the block grant of FY13-14, based on an independent Annual Performance Assessment undertaken between May 2012 and September 2012.
Rural development – Priority of WB Govt
The World Bank and the Global Alliances for Social Protection programme (GIZ) have lauded West Bengal’s progress in executing the Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana (RSBY). The scheme provides cashless treatment benefits of up to Rs. 30,000 per family annually through a network of 1,043 hospitals throughout Bengal.
West Bengal has been invited to share its experience in social sector insurance in a global learning forum in Berlin, organised in June 2015 by World Bank and GIZ.
WB CM distributing benefits to people