Developments in Rural Bengal – Bengal Panchayat Dept steps up to utilise schemes for rural populace

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Minister Panchayats & Rural Development and PHE Mr. Subrata Mukherjee
Minister Panchayats & Rural Development and PHE Mr. Subrata Mukherjee

Bengal Panchayat Dept steps up to utilise schemes for rural populace

Bengal Panchayat Dept steps up to utilise schemes for rural populace

Series of schemes taken up by the West Bengal Panchayat and Rural Development department in the past five years to make rural populace economically self reliant have created wonders and have changed the quality of life of thousands of people throughout the state.

People coming from economically challenged background who never dreamt of becoming economically independent are earning money by doing fish cultivation or by manufacturing bricks from fly ash. Even the residents of leper colony in Bankura who got cured but used to earn livelihood by begging because of social stigma are on the way to achieve self reliance through mango and vegetable cultivation in Bankura.

The good work of the department has been accepted by the ministry of Rural Development and in recognition the Centre has given an award early this year. It may be mentioned Nadia has become country’s first Open Defecation Free (ODF) district.

The district is going ahead of other districts in generating quality horticulture produce like gerbera flowers, capsicum under shed-net house and poly house by using NREGA fund. Two gram panchayats, Dharmada and Bilwagram Gram under Nakashipara block have become specialists in this field.

Large numbers of poly house, shed-net houses have been constructed. Since 2015-16 financial year, construction of poly houses in 7 organic villages has been made possible by rightly using the schemes.