While Tollywood actresses were the attractions of Kanyashree’s inauguration programme two days ago, their male counterparts hogged the limelight during Thursday’s inauguration of Yuvashree, a monthly dole scheme of the West Bengal government for unemployed youths of the state.
The entire Netaji Indoor Stadium, where thousands of unemployed youths assembled to get their first cheque under the scheme, roared in praise for chief minister Mamata Banerjee after she entered the stadium accompanied by matinee idols Dev and Jishu Sengupta. Their Tollywood colleagues Abir Chatterjee and Soham Chakrabarty followed.
The presence of the four stars had even moved the otherwise serious state finance minister and former Ficci secretary general Dr Amit Mitra, who was full of praise for Dev.
Also present on the occasion were Mamata’s cabinet colleagues such as state labour minister Purnendu Bose and transport minister Madan Mitra, who actively participated to make the event a roaring success.
State minister for housing and youth affairs, Arup Biswas, who is the liaison between the state government and Tollywood, was seen playing a supervisory role. All the four actors - Jishu, Dev Abir and SohAm - showered praises on the chief minister for her initiative to role out the Kanyashree and Yuvashree schemes. Overwhelmed by their praise, Mamata took centre stage and handed them gifts.
On the occasion, the chief minister came out with a host of prescriptions for the youth to get out of depression.
“Whenever you feel distressed, do not sit back at home. Just go out and roam around on the streets. Listen to music and chat with children. Just try it and you will automatically get over depression,” the chief minister said.
She also advised the youths not to be over-dependent on jobs.
“Rather, start your own business, even in a small way and open the chance for employment for others. The state government is willing to offer support to you on this issue,” the chief minister added.