Kolkata: West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday unveiled the state government’s logo, calling it “a gift of the New Year.”
At an inauguration ceremony held at Nabanna, the state secretariat in Kolkata, the chief minister reportedly said, “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.”
The logo, which has been conceptualised and designed by the CM herself, was approved by the Centre on January 3.
The logo highlights the ‘Biswa Bangla’ theme with Ashoka Pillars and was sent to the Centre for approval in May, last year.
The chief minister added that the new logo would be used in all government documents, as well as the government letterheads, the Indian Express reported.
Banerjee also added that the process of changing the state’s name from West Bengal to “Bangla” was also underway.
Recently, the Biswa Bangla logo was dragged in a huge controversy after former Trinamool Congress leader Mukul Roy, who has recently joined Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) alleged that the logo was registered in the name of the chief minister’s nephew and party MP Abhishek Banerjee.
However, West Bengal Home Secretary Atri Bhattacharya and MSME Secretary Rajiva Sinha issued statements refuting all such allegations.