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April 13, 2016

Birbhum: Scaling new heights of development

Birbhum: Scaling new heights of development

As experienced in the rest of West Bengal, there has been unprecedented development in Birbhum district over the last five years. There has been progress in every sector of governance.


Health and family welfare

  • Rampurhat developed as a separate hub for healthcare
  • 4 fair-price medicine shops started at Birbhum, Rampurhat, Bolpur and Sainthia Hospitals
  • As a result, more than 6 lakh people benefitted to the tune of Rs 10.25 crore
  • 3 fair-price diagnostic centres started in Birbhum, Rampurhat and Bolpur
  • 3 sick newborn care units (SNCUs) started at Suri, Bolpur and Rampurhat Hospitals
  • 13 sick newborn stabilisation units (SNSUs)
  • 2 critical care units (CCUs) started at Suri and Rampurhat Hospitals
  • Medical college being set up in Rampurhat


  • Industrial training institutes (ITIs) set up in Khairasole, Elambazar and Rampurhat-I blocks
  • Seacom Skills University has started functioning
  • Almost 1.2 lakh students provided with bicycles under the Sabuj Sathi Scheme
  • Model schools constructed in Murari-I, Dubrajpur and Mohammad Bazar blocks
  • 31 primary and 280 upper primary schools built
  • 31 primary schools upgraded to upper primary, and 71 secondary schools to higher secondary
  • Mid-day meals being provided in all schools in the district
  • Separate toilets constructed for boys and girls in every government school in the district

Agriculture, Land Reforms, Fisheries, Animal Resources Development


  • 15,000 landless people given patta under Nijo Griha Nijo Bhumi (NGNB) Scheme
  • Kisan Credit Cards (KCC) distributed to almost 100% of the families dependent on agriculture
  • 13 Krishak Bazaars set up
  • Projects worth Rs 7 crore for mini-kit distribution, conservation of canals, and building of homes and roads have benefitted almost 4,000 fishermen and their families
  • Animal Resources Development Department has distributed 23 lakh ducklings and chickens among numerous self-help groups for rearing
    For the employment of the youth, 51 Bengal Dairy Kiosks created

Panchayat and Rural Development

  • In the 100 Days’ Work Scheme, Rs 1,430 crore spent to create 8.1 crore man-days
  • 710 km of rural roads built
  • State Government has facilitated the building of more than 56,000 homes under Indira Awaas Yojana
  • 2.7 lakh toilets built under Mission Nirmal Bangla

Minorities’ Development

  • 5.34 lakh minority students handed out scholarships worth Rs 90 crore
  • Rs 90 crore worth of loans provided to youths from minority communities for self-employment purposes
  • Rs 160 crore spent on Multi-Sectoral Development Programme (MSDP) for the development of minorities
  • Under the cyber-village programme, almost 13,000 madrasa students being given computer training
  • Under skill development programme, 7,000 youths from minority communities being trained

Backward Classes and Adivasi Development

  • 65,000 students getting benefits under the Sikshashree Scheme
  • About 2 lakh SC/ST/OBC certificates handed over

Women and Child Welfare

  • More than 1.4 lakh girl students brought under the Kanyashree Scheme
  • All malnourished children being given supplementary food
  • The district administration has put in place a continuous monitoring system to check the nutritional status of every malnourished child in the district

Khadya Sathi

  • Almost 26 lakh people getting foodgrains at Rs 2 per kg
  • Foodgrains are being procured from the farmers at a price higher than the minimum support price (MSP)


  • The State Government has undertaken a coal mining project in Birbhum district worth Rs 22,000 crore in a joint venture with five other States. Deocha-Panchami is set to become the country’s largest coal mine due to the presence of approximately 210 crore metric tonnes of coal. The Bengal Birbhum Coalfield Limited (BBCL) has already started the ground work for the mining project at Deocha-Panchami and Dewanganj-Harinsinga coalfields in Birbhum district. This huge project has boosted the prospects for industry for the district as well as the State. Apart from the economic development of the region, more than one lakh people are set to be employed here.
  • 11 micro, small and medium enterprise (MSME) clusters set up
  • An industrial estate established in Bolpur
  • Rs 3,500 crore worth bank loans provided to cottage industries
  • One Information Technology (IT) Park in Bolpur

PWD and Transport

  • 121 projects for roads, bridges, etc. completed at a cost of Rs 570 crore, benefitting 25 lakh people
  • 470 km of roads have been built/rebuilt/widened
  • NH-60 has been improved during 2015-16


  • Under the Sabar Ghore Alo Scheme, 100% of rural electrification work has been completed



  • Conservation work for 23 km of irrigation embankments completed
  • 2 check dams constructed under Jal Tirtha Scheme
  • Work on five river irrigation projects, six small irrigation projects and two medium-sized irrigation projects completed under the Accelerated Development of Minor Irrigation (ADMI) project
  • As a result of these projects, 412 hectares of agricultural land has been irrigated, benefitting 1,284 farmers
  • 9 check dams and two huge water reservoirs have brought 90 hectares of agricultural land under irrigation, benefitting 500 farmers

Public Health Engineering

  • 24 drinking water projects worth Rs 23 crore completed, benefitting 1 lakh people
  • In areas polluted by fluoride, rainwater is being conserved for the supply of fluoride-free water


  • Tourism infrastructure developed includes Bakreswar Tourist Lodge and Amar Kutir Eco-Tourism Park in Bolpur
  • Daata Baba (Saheb) Mazar in Patharchapuri, the birthplace of Kavi Chandidas, Saraswati Temple in Nanur and Hat Janbazar Park being renovated


  • About 1.51 lakh unorganised workers registered under State-Assisted Scheme of Provident Fund for Unorganised Workers (SASPFUW), about 1.32 lakh construction workers under Building and Other Construction Workers Welfare Act (BOCWA), about 17,000 transport workers under West Bengal Transport Workers’ Social Security Scheme (WBTWSSS)
  • More than 6,000 youths receiving unemployment allowance under the Yuvashree Scheme

Self-Help Groups and Schemes

  • About 5,000 self-help groups (SHGs) set up under the Anandadhara Scheme
  • Under Swami Vivekananda Swanirbhar Karmasuchi Prakalpa, more than 10,000 projects, worth Rs 47 crore, sanctioned
  • 11 Karma Tirtha built

Urban Development

  • The six municipalities in Birbhum district have executed development projects costing more than Rs 400 crore
  • Almost 2,500 homes built for the urban poor


Information and Broadcasting

  • More than 5,000 folk artistes getting retainer fees and more than 1,000 folk artistes getting pensions
  • For the development of baul culture and for the uplift of baul artistes, the Joydeb-Kenduli Baul Academy has been set up in Kenduli, at a cost of about Rs 2.5 crore


  • 8,000 homes for the homeless, under Gitanjali and other schemes



  • Suri Women Police Station, Chandrapur Police Station, Lokpur Police Station, Tarapith Police Station and Santiniketan Police Station set up


Youth Affairs & Sports

  • Rs 58 lakh provided for building 29 multi-gym centres
  • Suri Stadium constructed

From 2015, 10 blocks of Birbhum district included under the Jangalmahal region
After the Central Government stopped the Integrated Action Plan (IAP) project from 2015-16, the West Bengal Government has launched the Jangalmahal Action Plan (JAP), under which Rs 110 crore has been sanctioned. Eighty-nine per cent people of the district have been brought under the ambit of various government schemes.


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