West Bengal

Kulapachuria Paschim Mednipur District

Paschim Medinipur district or West Midnapore district (also known as Midnapore West) was formed on January 1, 2002 after the Partition of Midnapore into Paschim Medinipur and Purba Medinipur. The district has 4 sub-divisions: Kharagpur, Medinipur Sadar, Ghatal and Jhargram. Midnapore is the district headquarters. There are 21 police stations, 30 development blocks, 5 municipalities and 290 gram panchayats in this district. In 2006 the Ministry of Panchayati Raj named Paschim Medinipur one of the country’s 250 most backward districts (out of a total of 640). It is one of the eleven districts in West Bengal currently receiving funds from the Backward Regions Grant Fund Programme (BRGF). The OCL India Limited is a leading cement producer in eastern India with a capacity of 4.0 million TPA. It is now setting up a, 1.35 million tons per annum (MTPA) clinker grinding and cement manufacturing plant in the name of OCL Bengal Cement Works at Kulapachuria village, Paschim Medinipur, West Bengal. The Industrial Development Corporation (WBIDC) has acquired 154.43 acres of land for setting up the Grinding Unit under the name of ‘Godapiasal Industrial Park’. The factory site is adjacent to Godapiasal Railway Station and 1.5 km away from the NH-60.

Midnapur

The district of Paschim (West) Medinipur located in the South of the State of West Bengal (India) is a dry area and once thickly forested still contains large share of the forest lands of West Bengal. The district falls in the Jangalmahal region of the state. As per the census 2011 total population of the district is 5,913,457 with density of 631 persons per sq. km. The average literacy is 78 percent whereas sex ration is 966 which is higher than the national average. In terms of social and physical infrastructure, Paschim Medinipur is one of the most deprived districts of West Bengal. The district of Paschim Medinipur divided into twenty nine community development blocks fulfilling the development need of the population. Salboni, our main programme area is one of the block of Paschim Medinipur. The majority population is agrarian with many people now also work in offices as Midnapore has served as an administrative and judicial centre being a district town. Poorer segments of this semi-rural society are involved in transportation, basic agriculture, small shops and manual labour for construction work.