Mamata at a government programme in Kolaghat with a pot full of utensils for flood victims in East Midnapore. Picture by Bishwarup Dutta
Chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday donned the cap of a human resource manager and offered a rare glimpse of her early life struggles to enthuse unemployed youths.
Mamata’s comments bore resemblance to a well-known case study used in most B-schools. She told the audience in Kolaghat how no struggle goes unrewarded.
Like top-notch HR consultants, the chief minister came up with a new slogan — hotasha bhango, jibon goro (crush hopelessness, build life) — for the government’s unemployment dole scheme.
FIRST PAY OF RS 45
When I was a college student, I had to finance my education. There was no other way as my father had died when I was young.
So I took up a job, my first job, at a milk depot for a pay of Rs 45. I used to give that money to our party (Congress) fund. For other things, such as placards, needs of my fellow students and supporting my education, I used to give tuition.
No struggle goes unrewarded. Accept every challenge and excel in whatever you do.
(The example could not have been better. Mamata’s rise from her humble Harish Chatterjee Street home to the seat of power in Bengal can be a case study in any B-school).
Nobody can keep you from reaching the top even if you start from the bottom as long as you keep excelling.
(Trinamul was reduced to 35 seats in the 2006 Assembly polls but Mamata did not lose hope. Even after the drubbing, she rose like a phoenix.)
I always say ‘hotasha bhango, jibon goro’.
You are the future of Bengal. I think hotasha bhango, jibon goro should be the slogan for our scheme for the unemployed.
The government will give Rs 1,500 a month to 1 lakh unemployed youths registered with the state’s employment bank.