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By A Newsman

Kolkata, 21 November: MAMATA Banerjee government is rolling out another round of doles to clubs in the state, this time “to encourage mountaineering and adventure sports” in Bengal.

On 23 November, state youth affairs minister Aroop Biswas and his deputy Laxmi Ratan Shukla will hand over a financial aid of Rs 25,000 each to 50 clubs from hailing different parts of Bengal.

The aid will be handed over to the clubs at an event being organised at state youth centre located at Moulali in central Kolkata. The event will also see the handing over of first Radhakanta Sikdar and Tenzing Norgay Adventure Award to 10 outstanding mountaineers from the state.

They are ~ Debraj Dutta, Malay Mukherjee, Rudraprasad Halder, Ramesh Roy, Satyarup Siddhanta, Pradip Chandra Sahu, Chetana Sahu, Sulakshana Tamang, Trishla Gurung, and Subhash Kumar Pal (posthumous).

They will get prize money of Rs 1-lakh each and a citation issued by the West Bengal Mountaineering and Adventure Sports Foundation, a body under the state youth affairs department.

The state government has also instituted an award specifically for women mountaineers from the state and has christened it as Chhanda Gayen Bravely Award after the young mountaineer who went missing in 2014 while scaling the Mount Kanchenjunga.

The first award in this category will be given to young woman mountaineer Mahua Biswas. She will get Rs 75,000 cash award and a citation.

In 2014, Mamata government had distributed a cash aid of Rs 2-lakh each to 6,000-odd clubs, and the same clubs were handed over another Rs 1-lakh each last year December. On that occasion, Rs 2-lakh each was given to another 4,000 clubs.