Bengal shines at SKOCH Awards for smart governance

Fair Price Medicine Shops and CCU in districts of West Bengal have been ranked best project in the country in the health sector and were honoured with the prestigious SKOCH Award of Excellence.

Also, Bengal is on the top spot nationally in Finance and amongst the top three states in Agriculture and Rural Development and Governance.

Kanyashree, e-Governance project of KMC, web-based integrated monitoring system of panchayat bodies and GRIPS of the Directorate of Commercial Taxes are also among the winners.

Overall, the award authorities have adjudged Bengal as the state with maximum improvement in performance during last one year.

Reacting to the honour for Bengal in various sectors, West Bengal Chief Minister Ms Mamata Banerjee wrote on her social media pages: “Hearty congratulations and best wishes to my entire ‘Paschimbanga Paribar’.”

WB Govt to sell onions at fair price shops

In the wake of a steep rise in the price of onion, the state government has decided to sell onion at Rs.50 per kg at 49 government-run outlets in the city and on its outskirts. Soon, onions at fair price will be made available in the district markets.

The decision was taken at a meeting held by state agriculture marketing minister Arup Roy with the traders. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had directed traders to crack down on illegal hoarders. She also asked the task force to visit markets to ensure that people are not charged exorbitantly.

Roy said that one would be able to buy 500g packet of onion at the cost of Rs.25 per day from the government outlets.

The procedure of selling onions at fixed rate from earmarked stalls will continue till prices ease. Of the 49 outlets, 24 stalls are run by agriculture marketing department and the remaining by horticulture department.