State SC Advisory Council holds first meeting

21 Dec 2017

The Scheduled Caste Advisory Council of West Bengal held its first meeting here today under West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee and decided to meet every six months, officials said. Besides Banerjee, chief secretary Malay Dey, West Bengal Backward classes welfare minister Churamani Mahata was among those present at the meeting.

The state Cabinet had decided in October to set up the council to look into the development of people belonging to the scheduled castes in the state. The council will look into the development of the social, educational, economical and cultural matters of the scheduled castes in the state and function on the lines of the existing tribal advisory council, the officials said. Out of the total 295 assembly seats in Bengal there are 66 reserved for scheduled caste candidates. (PTI)