Bolpur Sriniketan

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Bolpur Sriniketan
Community development block
Upasana Griha, built in 1893, at Santiniketan
Upasana Griha, built in 1893, at Santiniketan
Bolpur Sriniketan is located in West Bengal
Bolpur Sriniketan
Bolpur Sriniketan
Location in West Bengal
Coordinates: 23°40′33″N 87°39′37″E / 23.67583°N 87.66028°E / 23.67583; 87.66028
Country  India
State West Bengal
District Birbhum
Parliamentary constituency Bolpur
Assembly constituency Bolpur, Nanoor
Area
 • Total 334.58 km2 (129.18 sq mi)
Population (2011)
 • Total 202,553
 • Density 610/km2 (1,600/sq mi)
Time zone UTC+5.30 (IST)
Literacy Rate 70.67 per cent
Website http://birbhum.nic.in/

Bolpur Sriniketan is a community development block that forms an administrative division in Bolpur subdivision of Birbhum district in the Indian state of West Bengal.

Overview

Birbhum district is physiographically a part of the ancient Rarh region. The western portion of the district is basically an extension of the Chota Nagpur Plateau. The area has mostly loose reddish lateritic low fertility soil. In the east, the flood plains of the major rivers, such as the Ajay, Bakreshwar, Mayurakshi and Brahmani, have soft alluvial soil. The forest cover is only 3.5% of the total district. Although coal is found in the district and Bakreshwar Thermal Power Station has a capacity of 2,010 MW, the economic condition of Birbhum is dominated by agriculture.[1]From 1977 onwards major land reforms took place in West Bengal. Land in excess of land ceiling was acquired and distributed amongst the peasants.[2]In Birbhum district, 19,968 hectares of vested agricultural land has been distributed amongst 161,515 beneficiaries, till 2011. However, more than 38% of the operational land holding is marginal or less than 1 acre.[1] The proportion of agricultural labourers amongst total workers in Birbhum district is 45.9%, the highest amongst all districts of West Bengal.[3]Culturally rich Birbhum, with such traditional landmarks as Jaydev Kenduli and Chandidas Nanoor, is home to Visva-Bharati University at Santiniketan, having close association with two Nobel laureates – Rabindranath Tagore and Amartya Sen.[4]

Geography

Sriniketan is located at 23°40′33″N 87°39′37″E / 23.6759°N 87.6602°E / 23.6759; 87.6602.

CD Blocks in Birbhum district of West Bengal

Bolpur Sriniketan CD Block is part of the Suri-Bolpur Plain, one of the four sub-micro physiographic regions of Birbhum district. It covers the interfluves of the Mayurakshi and Ajay rivers, in the south-eastern part of the district. This area exhibits somewhat upland topograpghy sloping from north-west to south-east.[5]

Bolpur Sriniketan CD Block is bounded by Sainthia and Labpur CD Block on the north, Nanoor CD Block on the east, Ausgram II CD Block, in Purba Bardhaman district, across the Ajay on the south and Ilambazar CD Block on the west.[6]

Bolpur Sriniketan CD Block has an area of 334.58 km2. It has 1 panchayat samity, 9 gram panchayats, 99 gram sansads (village councils), 170 mouzas and 159 inhabited villages, as per District Statictical Handbook Birbhum 2008. Bolpur police station serves this block.[7]Headquarters of this CD Block is at Sriniketan.[8]

Gram panchayats of Bolpur Sriniketan block/panchayat samiti are: Bahiri-Panchosowa, Kankalitala, Kasba, Raipur Supur, Ruppur, Sarpalehanna-Albandha, Sattore, Sian-Muluk and Singhee.[9]

Demographics

Population

As per the 2011 Census of India, Bolpur Sriniketan CD Block had a total population of 202,553, of which 190,393 were rural and 12,160 were urban. There were 102,722 (51%) males and 99,831 (49%) females. Population below 6 years was 23,160. Scheduled Castes numbered 61,960 (30.59%) and Scheduled Tribes numbered 38,615 (19.06%), the highest amongst all CD Blocks in the district.[10]

As per 2001 census, Bolpur Sriniketan block had a total population of 175,490, out of which 89,581 were males and 85,909 were females. Bolpur Sriniketan block registered a population growth of 15.42 per cent during the 1991-2001 decade. Decadal growth for Birbhum district was 17.88 per cent.[11]Decadal growth in West Bengal was 17.84 per cent.[12]

Census Town in Bolpur Sriniketan CD Block is (2011 census figures in brackets): Surul (12,160).[10]

Large villages (with 4,000+ population) in Bolpur Sriniketan CD Block are (2011 census figures in brackets): Mehidipur (4,080), Bahiri (5,222), Sansat (4,551), Singi (5,723) and Ruppur (3,803),[10]

Other villages in Bolpur Sriniketan CD Block include (2011 census figures in brackets): Kasba (2,611), Panchsoa (1,851), Shian (2,106), Muluk (3,361), Supur (1,803), Raipur (2,320) and Sarpalehana (1,109).[10]

Literacy

As per the 2011 census the total number of literates in Bolpur Sriniketan CD Block was 126,779 (70.67% of the population over 6 years) out of which males numbered 70,323 (77.29% of the male population over 6 years) and females numbered 56,456 (63.86% of the female population over 6 years). The gender disparity (the difference between female and male literacy rates) was 13.42%.[10]

See also – List of West Bengal districts ranked by literacy rate


Language and religion

As per census definition, mother-tongue is the language spoken in childhood by the person’s mother to the person. As a mother-tongue, Bengali has increased its share from 90.5% of the population of Birbhum district in 1961 to 91.9% in 2001, Santali has decreased from 6.9% in 1961 to 5.9% in 2001. Other mother-tongues spoken in 2001 were: Hindi (1.2%), Khortha/ Khotta (0.3%), Koda/Kora (0.2%), Telugu (0.1%) and Kurukh/ Oraon (0.1%).[13]

Religion in Bolpur Sriniketan CD Block
Hindu
73.92%
Muslim
25.45%
Christian
0.38%
Others
0.24%

In the 2011 census, Hindus numbered 149,736 and formed 73.92% of the population in Bolpur Sriniketan CD Block. Muslims numbered 51,550 and formed 25.45% of the population. Christians numbered 774 and formed 0.38% of the population. Others numbered 493 and formed 0.24% of the population.[14]

The proportion of Hindus in Birbhum district has declined from 72.2% in 1961 to 62.3% in 2011. The proportion of Muslims in Birbhum district has increased from 27.6% to 37.1% during the same period. Christians formed 0.3% in 2011.[15]

Rural poverty

As per the BPL household survey carried out in 2005, the proportion of BPL households in Bolpur Santiniketan CD Block was 38.6%, against 42.3% in Birbhum district. In six CD Blocks – Murarai II, Nalhati II, Rampurhat II, Rampurhat I, Suri II and Murarai I – the proportion of BPL families was more than 50%. In three CD Blocks – Rajnagar, Suri I and Labhpur – the proportion of BPL families was less than 30%. The other ten CD Blocks in Birbhum district were placed in between. According to the District Human Development Report, Birbhum, “Although there is no indication that the share of BPL households is more in blocks with higher share of agricultural labourer, there is a clear pattern that the share of BPL households is more in blocks with disadvantaged population in general and Muslim population in particular.” (The disadvantaged population includes SCs, STs and Muslims.)[16]

Economy

Livelihood

Livelihood
in Bolpur Sriniketan CD Block

  Cultivators (15.74%)
  Agricultural labourers (51.57%)
  Household industries (3.69%)
  Other Workers (29.00%)

In Bolpur Sriniketan CD Block in 2011, amongst the class of total workers, cultivators numbered 13,493 and formed 15.74%, agricultural labourers numbered 44,220 and formed 51.57%, household industry workers numbered 3,166 and formed 3.69% and other workers numbered 24,862 and formed 29.00%.[17]Total workers numbered 85,741 and formed 42.33% of the total population, and non-workers numbered 116,812 and formed 57.67% of the population.[18]

Note: In the census records a person is considered a cultivator, if the person is engaged in cultivation/ supervision of land owned by self/government/institution. When a person who works on another person’s land for wages in cash or kind or share, is regarded as an agricultural labourer. Household industry is defined as an industry conducted by one or more members of the family within the household or village, and one that does not qualify for registration as a factory under the Factories Act. Other workers are persons engaged in some economic activity other than cultivators, agricultural labourers and household workers. It includes factory, mining, plantation, transport and office workers, those engaged in business and commerce, teacher s, entertainment artistes and so on.[19]

Infrastructure

There are 156 inhabited villages in Bolpur Sriniketan CD Block, as per District Census Handbook, Birbhum, 2011. 100% villages have power supply. 155 villages (99.36%) have drinking water supply. 30 villages (19.23%) have post offices. 147 villages (94.23%) have telephones (including landlines, public call offices and mobile phones). 82 villages (52.56%) have pucca (paved) approach roads and 88 villages (56.41%) have transport communication (includes bus service, rail facility and navigable waterways). 9 villages (5.77%) have agricultural credit societies and 6 villages (3.85%) have banks.[20]

Agriculture

Following land reforms land ownership pattern has undergone transformation. In 2004-05 (the agricultural labourer data is for 2001), persons engaged in agriculture in Bolpur Sriniketan CD Block could be classified as follows: bargadars 8,584 (11.14%), patta (document) holders 17,806 (23.10%), small farmers (possessing land between 1 and 2 hectares) 6,500 (8.43%), marginal farmers (possessing land up to 1 hectare) 10,000 (12.97%) and agricultural labourers 34,187 (44.35%).[21]

Birbhum is a predominantly paddy cultivation-based agricultural district. The area under paddy cultivation in 2010-11 was 249,000 hectares of land. Paddy is grown in do, suna and sali classes of land. There is double to triple cropping system for paddy cultivation. Other crops grown in Birbhum are gram, masuri, peas, wheat, linseed, khesari, til, sugarcane and occasionally cotton. 192,470 hectares of cultivable land is under irrigation by different sources, such as canals, tanks, river lift irrigation and different types of tubewells. In 2009-10, 158,380 hectares were irrigated by canal water. There are such major irrigation projects as Mayurakshi and Hijli. Other rivers such as Ajoy, Brahmani, Kuskurni, Dwaraka, Hingla and Kopai are also helpful for irrigation in the district.[22][23]

Other sectors

According to the District Human Development Report, 2009, Birbhum is one of the most backward districts of West Bengal in terms of industrial development. Of the new industrial projects set-up in West Bengal between 1991 and 2005, only 1.23% came to Birbhum. Bakreshwar Thermal Power Station is the only large-scale industry in the district and employs about 5,000 people. There are 4 medium-scale industries and 4,748 registered small-scale industries.[24]

The proportion of workers engaged in agriculture in Birbhum has been decreasing. According to the District Human Development Report, “more people are now engaged in non-agricultural activities, such as fishing, retail sales, vegetable vending, selling milk, and so on. As all these activities are at the lower end of the spectrum of marketable skills, it remains doubtful if these activities generate enough return for their family’s sustenance.”[25]

Backward Regions Grant Fund

Birbhum district is listed as a backward region and receives financial support from the Backward Regions Grant Fund. The fund, created by the Government of India, is designed to redress regional imbalances in development. As of 2012, 272 districts across the country were listed under this scheme. The list includes 11 districts of West Bengal.[26][27]

Transport

The Khana-Barharwa section of Sahibganj loop passes through this block. There are stations at Bolpur Shantiniketan, Prantik and Kopai.[28]

NH 114, running from Mallarpur to Barddhaman, passes through this block. Suri-Bolpur Road connects Bolpur-Santiketan to Suri and Bolpur-Kavi Jaydev Road links Bolpur Santiniketan to Ilambazar.[29]

Culture

Terracotta carving with Ramayana theme at Surul

Santiniketan, where Visva-Bharati University is located, attracts 1.2 million visitors annually. Apart from the educational institutions, the major attractions include Rabindra Bhavan, Upasana Griha (glass temple), and some of the buildings associated with Rabindranath Tagore - Udayan, Shyamali, Konark, Udichi and Punascha. Poush Mela and different festivals attract visitors in large numbers.[30][31]

Surul, 3 miles from Bolpur, has the most exquisitely decorated temples.[32]

Education

As per the 2011 census, in Bolpur Sriniketan CD Block, amongst the 156 inhabited villages, 13 villages did not have a school, 50 villages had more than 1 primary school, 52 villages had at least 1 primary and 1 middle school and 32 villages had at least 1 middle and 1 secondary school. 17 villages had senior secondary schools. There were 2 engineering degree college in Bolpur Sriniketan CD Block.[33]

Bengal Institute of Technology & Management, a private engineering college on Santiniketan-Sriniketan Bypass, PO Dwaranda, was established in 2001. [34]

Healthcare

As per 2011 census, in Bolpur Sriniketan CD Block, 1 village had a community health centre, 3 villages had primary health centres, 62 villages had primary health subcentres, 10 villages had maternity and child welfare centres, 2 villages had veterinary hospitals, 9 villages had medicine shops and out of the 156 inhabited villages 79 villages had no medical facilities.[35]

Bolpur Block Primary Health Centre at Bolpur has 60 beds. There are primary health centres at Panchsowa (6 beds), Sattore Kasba (PO Sattore) (10 beds) and Supur (PO Rajatpur) (10 beds).[36][37][38]

External links

  • Santiniketan travel guide from Wikivoyage
  • Surul travel guide from Wikivoyage
  • Kankalitala travel guide from Wikivoyage

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