Bengal’s ‘rice at Rs 2/kg’ receives high appreciation in a UN forum
 Source : News Bharati English  Date : 23-Jun-2017

The Hague, June 23: The Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will make the record of being first Indian CM to address Public Service Day of UN. Yesterday, Amit Mitra, the Finance Minister of West Bengal spoke at the platform about different schemes of Mamata lead government aimed towards public welfare. Today Mamata Banerjee will give her speech there. The representatives from Kenya, Argentina have praised the success of these schemes.  

The discussion session chaired by Amit Mitra had representatives from 17 countries. The theme of the discussion was “Unlock the potential of the furthest behind.” There the minister gave a brief overview of Bengal government’s approach to backward classes of society. He mentioned Kanyashree, Sabuj Sathi, Sabuj Shree, Khadya Sathi and several other flagship schemes of the Bengal Government. The representatives appreciated immense social change and development in the State due to the schemes. Many foreign nations showed their interest in them.

The Kanyashree scheme helps to empower young girls by helping in their education. With the blessing of local people, Kanyashree has gained international recognition. UNICEF selected it to be presented in “girl summit” 2014 in London. To stop the starvation of poor people from remote areas Khadya Sathi provides rice at Rs 2/kg to 8.5 crore people. Representatives from countries like Britain, Korea, and Argentina were extremely excited and wonder-struck after listening to Mitra’s speech.

Principal Secretary of the Department of Women and Child Development highlighted how Kanyashree scheme has brought change in the grassroots level, leading to a drop in a number of child marriages and a reduction in the rate of dropout of girl students in schools.

In a meeting, Mamata Banerjee requested NRI Bengalis to invest in the state, especially who are related to IT Industry.