- The official emblem of West Bengal was unveiled by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on January 5.
- The emblem designed by Ms. Banerjee features the Ashoka Pillar.
- “We had to do this (create the State emblem) 70 years after Independence because it has never been thought of before. No one here thought that every State should have its individuality,” the Chief Minister said during the ceremony to unveil emblem at the State Secretariat Nabanna.
- The West Bengal government received the Centre’s approval for the emblem on January 3.
- Describing the occasion as “historic”, the Chief Minister said that henceforth the State emblem can be used in all the official work and documents of the State government. “We will use the emblem in all the official documents and work of the State government after issuing notification from today.
- “Some States have their own emblem and some don’t. When it came to our notice, an expert committee was set up and the design was sent to the Centre for approval. It took quiet sometime but better late than never.
- As for changing the name of the State, the Chief Minister said that it will be announced as soon as the Centre approves it. “We have also sent a request to the Centre about changing the name of the State.
- Discussions are being held and as soon as we get the official approval we will announce it.
- Her Cabinet decided in September 2017 that the State’s name will be Bangla in all the languages.