Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will felicitate as many as 169 members of the minority community for their achievement in various fields, during a programme on Monday at the Netaji Indoor Stadium here.
During the event, 25 students who had completed basic computer course under the Cybergram project of the state government would also be awarded, a senior official said.
The Cybergram project, which was initiated in May this year, aims to train 1.7 lakh individuals from 244 madrasas across the state in basic computer knowledge. Each trainee would undergo a 39-hour training over 20 working days before they appear for a qualification test for the advanced course.
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“So far, a total of 25,000 people have completed the course, of whom the top 25 will be honoured, of which 65 per cent are girls. Three madrasa students would also be awarded for excellence in sports. One of them, Maqsood Alam Mollah had won a gold and a silver medal in cycling at the Paralympics held at Los Angeles in July. The other two — Rakibul Mollah and Biswajit Bauri – had been champion swimmers at the state level,” said Sayeed Ahmed Baba, principal secretary, minority department.
Mamata will also award 25 minority members for clearing the state Civil Service Examination, 25 madrasa students for qualifying in the West Bengal Joint Entrance Examination and 25 academic toppers from Aliyah University. Besides these, there would be 60 individuals who would receive cheques of scholarships, talent support, loans and housing projects.
Sultan Ahmed, chairman of the state minority department said the programme aims to highlight the achievements of the minority cell by showcasing its annual performance.
“The TMC government has done far more for the minorities in the last four years than its predecessor, the CPM. While the budget for the minority department was between Rs 300 and 400 crore during the previous Left government from 2007 to 2011, it was raised to Rs 2400 crore under the current TMC government,” Ahmed said.
He added that the previous Left government had awarded scholarships worth Rs 171 crore to 8.57 lakh beneficiaries while Mamata-led government has given out scholarship of of Rs 1440 crore to 82.66 lakh persons from the minority community.
“Education loan for higher studies was given to 5970 persons between 2007 and 2011 whereas from 2011 to 2015 the number shot up to 13,136,” Ahmed said.
He added that in the last four years, around 29,000 self-help groups (SHGs) had been benefitted by the state government’s schemes. “As many as 3,03,479 individuals, including 3 lakh women have been provided with micro loans amounting to Rs 412 crore. The recovery rate has been 89 per cent,” he said.