United Nations honours West Bengal government’s Sabooj Saathi scheme
A total of 1800 projects were submitted from around the world. West Bengal’s ‘Sabooj Saathi Scheme’, which ensures the welfare of backward classes has been selected.
Kolkata: After Kanyashree, another scheme of the West Bengal government, Sabooj Sathi Scheme” has bagged the United Nations Award. The competition was organized by the United Nations-approved Information Society.
A total of 162 countries participated in this competition. As many as 1800 projects were submitted from all over the world. Among them, West Bengal’s ‘Sabooj Saathi Scheme’ has been selected.
The welfare of backward classes is ensured under this scheme. The plan has been termed as a change by the United Nations.
The scheme was started in 2015 by distributing bicycles to students of Jungle Mahal in the state. Since then, more than 64 lakh bicycles have been distributed in the state.
The Mamta government is distributing bicycles to children in all its programs under this scheme. This time, the Mamta government had decided to introduce the project globally. This is a major achievement for the Mamta government before 2021.
Kanyashree project’s UN award
In 2016, the United Nations had awarded Mamata Banerjee’s Kanyashree Project. The scheme was considered a milestone for change not only in Wet Bengal but across the country. After the launch of the project in 2013, the image of West Bengal had changed.
There was a decline in child marriages and an increase in the number of girls going to school had been observed. After several national and international awards, Kanyashree was presented on the platform of the United Nations Public Service Forum and was also honoured with the award there.
During her visit to the Netherlands at the invitation of the United Nations, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee shared the success story of welfare schemes in West Bengal at the World Service Forum in The Hague.