Mamata unveils West Bengal logo, says will continue to push Centre for name change of state

“This is a historic moment. When we found that the state did not have a logo even after 70 years after Independence, we planned the logo and sent it to the Centre for approval,” said the Chief Minister. 

By: Express News Service | Kolkata | Published: January 6, 2018 5:58 am
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee unveiling the State logo at Nabanna on Friday. (Source: Express photo by Subham Dutta)

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee launched the state logo on Friday while reiterating that work to change the name of the state is also underway. The new logo has the National Emblem (Lion Capital of Ashoka) and the first vernacular alphabet of the word ‘Bengal’ placed in the middle.

“This is a historic moment. When we found that the state did not have a logo even after 70 years after Independence, we designed one and sent it to the Centre for approval. It is a day of pride for us as well as a gift of the New Year.” said Banerjee during the inauguration ceremony at Nabanna (state secretariat).

“This new logo will be used in all government documents, including government letterheads,” she added.

The logo designed by the Chief Minister herself was approved by the Centre on Wednesday.

Chief Secretary Malay Kumar De said the national emblem is incorporated in the logo and, therefore, the government does not need to print it separately on stationery or other mediums.

The state government has already proposed to change the name of West Bengal to ‘Bangla’. “The matter of changing the name of West Bengal is also being pursued. We will announce it when we obtain the permission,” Banerjee said.

Banerjee, who is an enthusiastic painter and writer, had been creating designs for community Pujas and the state government. She has designed ‘Biswa Bangla’ logo, the umbrella logo for promoting various schemes and programmes of the state.  She has also designed special flags for the vehicles of IAS officers of the state cadre following the ban on the use of red beacons by the central government. The flags with blue as base colour were of three different shapes and size, varying according to ranks and designations of the IAS Officers.

The ‘Biswa Bangla’ logo was, however, mired into controversy, after Mukul Roy, who joined the BJP from Trinamool Congress (TMC), alleged that the logo was registered under the name of Banerjee’s nephew and party MP Abhishek Banerjee. The state government, however, denied the allegations.

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  1. Raman Govindan
    Jan 6, 2018 at 11:56 am
    "This is a historic moment." when the WBengal tops the GDP per person among top Indian states, and stays there for three consecutive years, iIwill call it the historic moment! she is satisified with very simple and achievable tasks! Poor W Bengal! just like a child with a piece of chocolate or a simple toy!
    1. Raghuraman C N
      Jan 6, 2018 at 11:51 am
      The CMs are now going for new logo and flags for their states. They are mistaking styling for substance. This is a way to distract people from their non achievement.
      1. Ajay Patel
        Jan 6, 2018 at 10:12 am
        Kuch to kaam ho raha hai WB mein..
        1. Partha Karri
          Jan 6, 2018 at 9:29 am
          If mama thinks triple talk bill is defective she should make suggestions to improve rather than undermining the importance of the historic bill.
          1. Sankaran Krishnan
            Jan 6, 2018 at 8:25 am
            What we need at the present juncture is good governance and to take care of the needs of the people which will only happen if Industrial sector flourishes and hope the CM will concentrate on this aspect rather than changing the name of the State and it is Political game plan to indulge in such tactics though the same can't be said for the Logo of the State and it is surprising why it was not done all these years of Rule during Congress and Communists rule ???
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