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Bengal: Mamata Banerjee unveils logo for the state

The logo incorporates the national emblem.

kolkata Updated: Jan 05, 2018 18:47 IST
Sumanta Ray Chaudhuri
Sumanta Ray Chaudhuri
Hindustan Times
West Bengal,Mamata Banerjee,Chief Secretary
The logo was designed by chief minister Mamata Banerjee.(HT Photo)

West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday launched a logo for the state, designed and conceptualised by her.

The logo contains the national emblem and the first vernacular alphabet of the word ‘Bengal’ placed in the middle. It will be used in all official communications.

The Centre approved the logo on Wednesday.

Read: Mamata Banerjee the designer: West Bengal CM makes logos and flags for state

“A few states have their own logo. We will use this logo in all letterheads and other medium of communication. We start using it from today. It is a New Year gift,” said Banerjee at the state secretariat.

“This is a historic moment. When we found that the state did not have a logo even 70 years after Independence, we planned the logo and sent it to the Centre for approval,” she went on to add.

Chief secretary Malay Kumar De said since the national emblem is incorporated in the logo, the government does not need to print it separately on stationery or other mediums.

Read: I created ‘Biswa Bangla’ brand, gave it to govt for free: Mamata Banerjee

Incidentally, Banerjee, an enthusiastic painter, also has an inclination towards designs. She has earlier designed Biswa Bangla logo, which has been used for promoting various schemes and programmes of the state governments. She also designed flag to be used by IAS officers on their official vehicles.

She even designed a Durga idol for a community puja in the Bhawanipore area.

In November last year, BJP leader Mukul Roy triggered a controversy alleging that the Biswa Bangla logo was registered in the name of Abhishek Banerjee, Trinamool Lok Sabha MP and Banerjee’s nephew.

On changing the name of the state as has been sought by her government, the chief minister said: “The matter is also being pursued. We will announce it when we obtain the permission.”

First Published: Jan 05, 2018 16:17 IST