West Bengal school and higher education and tourism departments have received the Skoch award. Instituted in 2003, the Skoch award recognizes efforts in digital, financial, social inclusion, governance, inclusive growth, technology and applications, and corporate leadership.
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, amongst other leaders, has praised the recognition.
Praising pouring for Skoch Award
Chief Minister Banerjee wrote on Twitter.
School Education Department and the Higher Education Department of GoWB – have both won the prestigious SKOCH GOLD awards. Heartiest congratulations to all officials and members for this remarkable achievement,
State Education Minister Bratya Basu also expressed happiness over the achievements and complimented all the stakeholders in the sector, including teachers, officials, and students, for their efforts and services to ensure that teaching activities do not get hampered during the COVID-19 pandemic.
”Happy to share that the Tourism Department of GoWB has received the esteemed SKOCH GOLD award for transformational performance during #COVID19! Congratulations to all officials and members for your hard work and dedication. Let us keep aiming higher,”
Ms. Banerjee also said on the microblogging site. Mr. Adhikari alleged that spending more results in ‘bigger awards’. “Some WB Govt depts have won ‘prestigious” SKOCH Awards recently. There are serious allegations regarding the credibility of such awards.
Seems like everyone who applies gets the award. In the final stage, one just has to buy expensive stalls for displaying themselves,” the BJP leader said.
He also said, “Spending more results in bigger awards. For eg (example) the Skill development dept bought a Rs 12 lakh stall and got a Gold award while someone bought Rs 2 lakh stall & received a Silver award or SKOCH order of merit. These ‘for sale’ awards raise questions about the authenticity of the awardees.”
West Bengal Power Minister Aroop Biswas denied the allegations and said the Skoch gold award is an important honor for every recipient who meets certain criteria and benchmarks.
“The BJP was rejected by people of the state in the last assembly elections,” he added. Notably, the central government’s tribal affairs ministry received the ‘Skoch challenger’ award for its performance in e-governance earlier this year, while Maharashtra’s rural development and Haryana’s industry and commerce departments also won the award for liability register payment system and ease of doing business respectively.
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