Another feather in Didi’s cap – Sabooj Sathi declared ‘Champion Project’ by UN

Sabooj Sathi, Bangla’s flagship bicycle distribution programme, designed under the guidance of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, has been declared a ‘Champion Project’ at the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Prizes, given by ITU, a United Nations organisation working for the use and development of information and communication technology (ICT).

Based on the maximum number of votes cast, the scheme was selected as one of the five finalists in the ‘E-Governance’ category.

The winner will be declared at a prize-giving ceremony to be held on April 9 at the ITU headquarters in Geneva.

More than 20 lakh votes were cast for a total of 1,140 projects across 18 categories. Prizes would be given in all the 18 categories.

Under the Sabooj Sathi Scheme, bicycles are given free of cost to students from classes IX to XII studying in State Government schools. Till now, over 70 lakh bicycles have been distributed, with the number to touch 1 crore soon.


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After UN, Sudip Bandyopadhyay to visit European countries

With the blessings from Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Leader of All India Trinamool Congress Parliamentary Party in Lok Sabha, Sudip Bandyopadhyay will be embarking on a tour to European countries this summer.

The countries that Sudip Bandyopadhyay will be visiting include Belarus, Germany, and Austria. He will be accompanying the Speaker of Lok Sabha. Member of West Bengal Legislative Assembly, Nayana Bandyopadhyay will also be accompanying him.

It may be mentioned that in 2017, Sudip Bandyopadhyay had addressed the United Nations General Assembly, with 193 nations attending the session. He has spoken about how the international community needs to step up its efforts to promote an environment free from sanctions and embargoes.

In the past, Trinamool MPs Abhishek Banerjee, Derek O’Brien and Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar have visited the United Nations on various occasions.