August 16 to be observed as Sports Day, 1 lakh footballs to be distributed
School teachers in West Bengal can now apply for transfer to their home district through a portal just launched by the state government.
West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee launched two unique programmes for teachers and students of West Bengal on July 22 — the Utsahsree scheme aimed at making transfer easier to school teachers and Khela Dibas or sports day for school students to be observed on August 16 every year.
“The Utsashree scheme is being launched for teachers. Those seeking transfer to their own district or to a school in front of the house can apply on the portal. But if 10 people want one place, it is not possible. It needs to be adjusted and re-adjusted. As I said before, teachers don't have to go far. At least, a portal is being set up to get as close to them as possible. Teachers can apply themselves and the education department can take it up. The process will be faster. The education department will take action accordingly,” chief minister Banerjee said while addressing the media at state secretariat Nabanna.
“The name of this portal is Utsashree since it is related to the field of education and education is the source of everything,” Banerjee added.
The state government will observe August 16 as Khela Dibas. “We want to propagate sports among students and young men and women in the state through this scheme. We will distribute one lakh footballs to clubs. Named Joyee, these footballs are made by women of Bengal,” Banerjee said.
A refugee handicrafts team, under the mentorship of the MSME department, has been manufacturing footballs in Bengal since 2017.
Explaining why the state government chose August 16 to observe games day, Banerjee several people had died in a clash during a football match on this date in the 1980s and this was a way to show them respect.
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