Name change: State proposes ‘Bangla’ in three languages

The state cabinet on Friday passed a resolution to change the name of the state to Bangla in three languages -Bengali, English and Hindi. This is the third time that such a name-change resolution was passed by the state cabinet in the past six years.

Earlier in August 2016, the state assembly had made a resolution to change the name of the state to Bangla in Bengali, Bengal in English and Bangal in Hindi. This, however, was rejected by the Centre. “In today’s cabinet meeting a decision was taken to send Centre another proposal of changing the state’s name to Bangla in all three languages,” state parliamentary affairs minister Partha Chatterjee said.

It is learnt that once the Centre gives its nod allowing renaming of the state as “Bangla”, the matter will also get ratified in the state Assembly. It may be mentioned that on August 29 in 2016, the state Assembly had passed the resolution of renaming the state as “Bangla” and “Bengal” in English in a special session.

On Friday, the state cabinet also approved a proposal to offer steep concessions to Infosys Ltd to set up its development centre in Kolkata. Scrapping an agreement from 2010, under which Infosys had acquired 50 acres in Rajarhat township near Kolkata, the state has allowed the technology firm to scale back its investment and job creation commitments.