Work has just begun: Mamata

May 21, 2013 12:00 am | Updated 06:03 am IST - KOLKATA:

On her government’s second anniversary she presents awards to distinguished personalities

Describing May 20 as an important date for the people of West Bengal, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said here on the second anniversary of her government on Monday that “it was on this day [two years ago] that “a new government had come to power holding the hand of democracy.”

She said, “The work has just begun, not finished.”

Ms. Banerjee, who was speaking at an event organised to honour distinguished personalities of the State, said her government had set up various awards to encourage people from different walks of life.

“The more the people learn to work the work is better …. The more we learn to work the more humble we become.”

Referring to the “Banga Bibhushan” and “Banga Bhushan” awards, which were presented on the occasion, as “Bengal’s highest award,” she said it was being given to those “who had made Bengal proud.”

Commending the “excellent initiative on the part of the Chief Minister” in setting up these awards, Governor M.K. Narayanan said: “Every contribution has added value to the collective good.”

“The idea behind the awards is to bestow recognition and to restore our faith in the talent and ability which West Bengal possesses,” he said.

Among those honoured were scientists, academicians, sportspersons, painters, film personalities, musicians and industrialists.

They included the former Indian cricket captain, Sourav Ganguly, actor Mithun Chakravarty, scientist Samir Brahamachari and industrialist B.K. Birla.

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