Bengal bags awards for e-governance and Kanyashree

Actions speak louder than words. West Bengal has shown the way again. West Bengal Government has bagged prestigious National Awards for “Excellence in Government Process Reengineering” and “Outstanding Service in Citizen-Centric Service.” Bengal won Silver awards in both the categories, given away by the Central Government.

E-initiatives in Commercial Taxes:

The Finance Department of West Bengal has been awarded Silver Medal for the e-taxation project under the category of “Excellence in Government Process Reengineering”. The Finance Minister, Amit Mitra welcomed the decision. “The cutting edge use of e-taxation has revolutionized the ease of doing business and doubled tax collections here”, he added.

West Bengal’s tax revenues have gone up from Rs 21,000 crore in 2010-11, to about Rs 40,000 crore, which is historic.

Kanyashree Prakalpo:

The Department of Woman Development and Social Welfare, Government of West Bengal has been awarded Silver Medal for the “Kanyasshree Prakalpo” in the Category of “Outstanding Service in Citizen-Centric Service.”

The Chief Minister opened the Kanyashree Prakalpo, which consists of an annual stipend of Rs 500 for girls aged between 13 to 18, studying in school and providing one time grant of Rs 25,000 to unmarried girl between the age to 18 and 19 and who are undergoing study or training. About 11 lakh girls have already been enlisted and another 8 lakh sanctioned.