March 20, 2014
Bengal gets 11 national awards for rural development
The State of West Bengal has received 11 national prizes for its work at the Panchayat level. Seven Gram Panchayats, two Panchayat Samitis and two Zilla Parishads will receive these prizes. The Union Ministry of Rural Development had assessed the work done by all the Gram Panchayats during the fiscal year 2012-13. The sectors of assesment included administrative work, production and other criteria.
Earlier in January the district of Bankura received the award for “District Award for Effective Initiatives under MGNREGA administration” in the category `Enhancing Livelihood through Convergence with MGNREGA` while Lego Gram Panchayat in Kotulpur Block, Bankura received the award for being one of the 11 “Best Performing Gram Panchayats”. The Awards were given away on February 2, 2014 on the occasion of 9th MGNREGA Day by the Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India.