•  Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today informed that nine innovative and people-friendly projects from West Bengal have got the SKOCH Order of Merit out which six have got the top awards. SKOCH Platinum Awards have been won by projects on Ease of Doing Business, Inspection Reforms and "Sishu Aloy" on quality early childhood care and education, she informed. SKOCH Gold Awards have been won by "Yubashree" project on skill development and enhancing employability of youth, "Samajik Suraksha Yojana" project on social security for workers and e-District project on online services to citizens, she informed.
•  Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today announced 15 per cent hike in dearness allowance of state government employees from next January at a meeting with the employees of the State Government, held at Nazrul Mancho. The increased DA for over 1.1 million employees would cost the exchequer about Rs 4,500 crore. She also said that effort will be made to clear all the arrears would be cleared in phases by 2019.
•  Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today conferred the Siksha Ratna awards to outstanding teachers of Bengal at the state-level celebration of Teachers’ Day at Nazrul Mancha. The Hon’ble Chief Minister said that teachers have a remarkable contribution in shaping students to become good human beings and lead the nation. It is the teachers who have an overwhelming role in influencing minds and turning them to profound repositories of knowledge and wisdom, she said. She extended her best wishes and respectful regards to teachers all over the state, country and the world. In today’s programme, she announced that the medical insurance scheme the ‘Swasthya Sathi’ health scheme will cover teachers from now. She also announced that there was a plan to include from next year Class VIII students in the Sabuj Sathi scheme, where cycles are being distributed among students.
•  Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee inaugurated an auditorium adjacent to Nabanna. It has been named Nabanna Sabhaghar. Later, the Hon’ble Chief Minister chaired the state-level review meeting at the same venue. She took stock on the progress of work undertaken by all State Government departments during the review meeting. The meeting was attended by Hon’ble Ministers, secretaries, District Magistrates, senior administration and police officials.