West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said the award was a 'historic achievement' and a 'proud moment' for the people of West Bengal and India. Photograph: (Facebook)
The Mamata Banerjee-led West Bengal Government has received UN's top public service award for a cash transfer scheme promoting education among girls.
The "Kanyashree Prakalpa" scheme, a targeted conditional cash transfer scheme, was chosen from among 552 projects from 62 countries which were nominated for the award.
The scheme won the prestigious United Nations Public Service Award for its ability to reach the poorest and the most vulnerable through inclusive services and participation.
Mamata Banerjee received a trophy and a certificate on behalf of her government at the UN Public Service Forum in The Hague in Netherlands.
The United Nations Public Service Award is the most prestigious international recognition for excellence in public service and innovations in governance.
The West Bengal chief minister wrote on Facebook that the honour was a "historic achievement and a proud moment for the people of West Bengal and India".
She also reiterated her government's commitment towards achieving the 2030 agenda for Sustainable Development Goals through similar innovative public service programmes that catered to the needs of the most vulnerable sections of the society.
The West Bengal chief minister earlier participated in a ministerial conversation on "Accelerating Innovation in Public Service".