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SHASHI PANJA

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Cabinet Minister under the Government of West Bengal

NAME – Shashi Panja

PROFESSION- Medical Practitioner, Politician.

BORN – 04/10/1962

PLACE OF BIRTH – Uttarpara Kotrung Municipality of Hooghly district, West Bengal

FATHER’S NAME – P.V. Krishnaih

MOTHER’S NAME – N/A

SPOUSE – Prasun Kumar Panja

SIBLINGS – N/A

CHILDREN – 2

EDUCATION – MBBS from R. G. Kar Medical College and Hospital, Kolkata

POLITICAL AFFILIATIONS/PARTY- All India Trinamool Congress

OFFICIAL WEBSITE- N/A

REMARKABLE ACHIEVEMENT- N/A

AWARDS – He won the highest (Gold) SKOCH award for the “Home-based early childhood care and education programme”

BACKGROUND –

Shashi Panja is a Medical Practitioner and an Indian politician. She serves to the state of West Bengal and is affiliated to the All India Trinamool Congress Party. She is currently serving as the Cabinet Minister for the Department of Women and Child Development and Social Welfare of the Government of West Bengal.

Shashi Panja was born in Uttarpara Kotrung Municipality of Hooghly district, West Bengal. She completed her MBBS from R. G. Kar Medical College and Hospital, Kolkata with specialisation in ultrasound and infertility practice.

She was elected as a councillor of Kolkata Municipal Corporation in 2010 and was appointed mayoral council member in charge of education. She was elected to the West Bengal State Assembly from Shyampukur (Vidhan Sabha constituency) in 2011 and re-elected in 2016 and 2021 from same constituency.

She was inducted into the Council of Ministers of West Bengal as a minister of state and given independent charge of the women & child welfare ministry in December 2013. In May 2014, she was given additional charge of the social welfare department. In 2021 she was sworn in as the cabinet minister as a part of the 21st Council of Ministers for the state of West Bengal under the leadership of Mamata Banerjee with the portfolios of Department of Women and Child Development and Social Welfare.

MAJOR INITIATIVES TAKEN-

She introduced the “Home-based early childhood care and education programme” under which 15 lakh children aged between 3 to 6 years were provided with knowledge based activities in audio format to continue with their studies at home due to the pandemic.

Among other schemes she launched for women, she launched two more schemes ‘Swabalamban Special’ and ‘Muktir Aalo’ for the most neglected group – prostitutes under which women who were nit accepted by the society are trained in various things so that they can reconstruct their lives in a meaningful manner.

CARRIER TIMELINE/POSITION HELD-

2010- Shashi Panja was elected a councillor of Kolkata Municipal Corporation.

2011- She was elected as the Member of West Bengal Legislative Assembly.

2016- She was appointed as the Minister of State (Independent Charge), Government of West Bengal.

2021– She becomes the Minister of Women and Child Development and Social Welfare
Government of West Bengal.

CONTROVERSIES/CASES – N/A

Last updated on 20-07-2021

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