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Panchayats& Rural Development Department, Govt. of West Bengal, formulates the policies for administration and facilitation of functioning of the three-tier Panchayats in the State. The Department also administers all rural development programmes, either Central Sector or State Sector in the State. Following are the specific activities undertaken by the Department:

  • Amendment in the West Bengal Panchayat Act and related Rules from time to time,
  • Framing of Rules, Guidelines governing functioning of the Panchayats in the State including people’s participation at Gram Sabha and at the Gram Sansad,
  • Functioning as the government in matters pertaining to elections in the Panchayats,
  • Facilitating preparation of participatory planning involving people’s representatives, other stake-holders and the rural people at large,
  • Providing implementation support to different rural development programmes in the sectors of wage employment and guarantee, livelihood augmentation, shelter, social assistance and social protection, development of rural infrastructure including roads,public health involving Panchayats, additional educational support in the rural areas, environmental sanitation and personal hygiene. 


The Department also takes regular measures for capacity building of Panchayats and other measures to strengthen the Panchayat system in the State. The Department manages the activities of the Comprehensive Area Development Corporation (WBCADC), the Society for Training & Research on Panchayats& Rural Development (STARPARD), the B R Ambedkar Institute of Panchayats& Rural Development (BRAIPARD) and the West Bengal State Rural Development Agency (WBSRDA)


Sri Subrata Mukherjee

Address: Joint Administrative Building ,7th floor, 7Wing B,Block- HC7, Saltlake,Sector-III Kolkata-700106
Phone: 2335-3334

Minister of State

Smt. Seuli Saha

Address: Joint Administrative Building ,7th floor, 7Wing B,Block- HC7, Saltlake,Sector-III Kolkata-700106
Phone: 2335-3335
FAX 2335-3334

Additional Chief Secretary

Sri M V Rao,I.A.S

Address: Joint Administrative Building ,7th floor, block HC Wing B, Plot no 7, Saltlake city,Sector-III Kolkata-700106
Phone: 2335-5501,2335-3336
Fax: 2334-3334

Nodal Officer

Smt. Esha Sengupta, Joint Secretary

Address: Joint Administrative Building, 8th floor, block HC Wing B, Plot no 7, Salt lake ,Kolkata- 700106
Phone: 2334-3334

Last updated on: Monday, 18th Jan, 2021
Information Source: Department of Panchayat and Rural Development, Government of West Bengal
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