Budge Budge I
Community development block
|District||South 24 Parganas|
|• Total||26.55 km2 (10.25 sq mi)|
|Elevation||9 m (30 ft)|
|• Density||4,300/km2 (11,000/sq mi)|
|• Official||Bengali, English|
|Time zone||UTC+5.30 (IST)|
|Telephone code||+91 33|
|Vehicle registration||WB-01 to WB-10, WB-19 to WB-22, WB-95 to WB-99|
|Lok Sabha constituency||Diamond Harbour|
|Vidhan Sabha constituency||Budge Budge|
During the Bengal Famine of 1943 the Communist Party of India provided relief to the peasantry of the Sundarbans area. In September 1946 Bangiya Pradeshik Kisan Sabha decided to launch the Tebhaga movement. The peasant movement broke out in Kakdwip, Sonarpur, Bhangar and Canning. Kakdwip and Namkhana were the storm centres of the movement. The movement aimed at improving the share of the peasant engaged as sharecroppers. The prominent leaders of the movement were: Kansari Halder, Ashoke Bose and Rash Behari Ghosh. Peasant leaders like Gajen Malik, Manik Hazra, Jatin Maity, Bijoy Mondal and others rose to prominence. The movement continued till 1950, when the Bargadari Act was enacted. The Act recognised the right of the sharecropper to two-thirds of the produce when he provided the inputs.
During 1946-1950 the Tebhaga movement in several parts of the 24 Parganas district led to the enactment of the Bargadari Act. Although the Bargadari Act of 1950 recognised the rights of bargadars to a higher share of crops from the land that they tilled, it was not implemented. Large tracts, beyond the prescribed limit of land ceiling, remained with the rich landlords. In 1967, West Bengal witnessed peasant uprising against non-implementation of land reforms legislation, starting from Kheadaha gram panchayat in Sonarpur CD block. From 1977 onwards major land reforms took place in West Bengal under the Left Front government. Land in excess of land ceiling was acquired and distributed among the peasants. Subsequently,Operation Barga was aimed at securing tenancy rights for the peasants. In Budge Budge I CD Block 231.18 acres of land was acquired and vested. Out of this 15.06 acres or 6.5% of the vested land was distributed. The total number of patta (document) holders was 83.
Budge Budge I CD block is located at. It has an average elevation of 9 metres (30 ft).
Budge Budge I CD block is bounded by Sankrail CD block in Howrah district, across the Hooghly, in the north, Thakurpukur Maheshtala CD block in the east, Budge Budge II CD block in the south, Sankrail and Uluberia I CD blocks in Howrah district, across the Hooghly, in the west.
South 24 Parganas district is divided into two distinct physiographic zones: the marine-riverine delta in the north and the marine delta zone in the south. As the sea receded southwards, in the sub-recent geological period, a large low-lying plain got exposed. Both tidal inflows and the rivers have deposited sediments in this plain. The periodical collapse of both the natural levees and man-made embankments speed up the process of filling up depressions containing brackish water wetlands. The marine delta in the south is formed of interlacing tidal channels. As non-saline water for irrigation is scarce, agriculture is monsoon-dominated. Some parts of the wetlands are still preserved for raising fish.
Budge Budge I CD block has an area of 26.55 km2. It has 1 panchayat samity, 6 gram panchayats, 83 gram sansads (village councils), 16 mouzas and 13 inhabited villages, as per the District Statistical Handbook for South Twenty-four Parganas. Budge Budge and Nodakhali police stations serve this block.Headquarters of this CD block is at Purba Nischintapur.
As per the 2011 Census of India, Budge Budge I CD block had a total population of 112,908, of which 29,573 were rural and 83,335 were urban. There were 57,662 (51%) males and 55,246 (49%) females. Population below 6 years was 12,633. Scheduled Castes numbered 21,983 (19.47%) and Scheduled Tribes numbered 170 (0.15%).
As per the 2001 Census of India, Budge Budge I CD block had a total population of 99,874, out of which 98,027 were males and 92,589 were females. Budge Budge I CD Block registered a population growth of -16.38% during the 1991-2001 decade. Decadal growth for South 24 Parganas district was 20.89%. Decadal growth in West Bengal was 17.84%. Scheduled Castes at 23,829 formed around one-fourth the population. Scheduled Tribes numbered 660.
Census Towns in Budge Budge I CD block (2011 census figures in brackets): Uttar Raypur (23,084), Balarampur (5,251), Buita (16,764), Benjanhari Acharial (P) (5,187), Abhirampur (4,618), Nischintapur (6,353) and Birlapur (22,078).
Large village (with 4,000+ population) in Budge Budge I CD block (2011 census figures in brackets): Jamalpur (4,857).
Other villages in Budge Budge I CD block include (2011 census figures in brackets): Chingripota (3,003).
As per the 2011 census, the total number of literates in Budge Budge I CD block was 80,787 (83.54% of the population over 6 years) out of which males numbered 43,572 (85.01% of the male population over 6 years) and females numbered 37,215 (75.92% of the female population over 6 years). The gender disparity (the difference between female and male literacy rates) was 9.09%.
As per the 2001 Census of India, Budge Budge I CD block had a total literacy of 73.98% for the 6+ age group. While male literacy was 81.36% female literacy was 64.82%. South 24 Parganas district had a total literacy of 69.45%, male literacy being 79.19% and female literacy being 59.01%.
|Literacy in CD Blocks of|
South 24 Parganas district
|Alipore Sadar subdivision|
|Bishnupur I – 78.33%|
|Bishnupur II – 81.37%|
|Budge Budge I – 80.57%|
|Budge Budge II – 79.13%|
|Thakurpukur Maheshtala – 83.54%|
|Baruipur – 76.46%|
|Bhangar I – 72.06%|
|Bhangar II – 74.49%|
|Jaynagar I – 73.17%|
|Jaynagar II – 69.71%|
|Kultali – 69.37%|
|Sonarpur – 79.70%|
|Basanti – 68.32%|
|Canning I – 70.76%|
|Canning II – 66.51%|
|Gosaba – 78.98%|
|Diamond Harbour subdivision|
|Diamond Harbour I – 75.72%|
|Diamond Harbour II – 76.91%|
|Falta – 77.17%|
|Kulpi – 75.49%|
|Magrahat I – 73.82%|
|Magrahat II – 77.41%|
|Mandirbazar – 75.89%|
|Mathurapur I – 73.93%|
|Mathurapur II – 77.77%|
|Kakdwip – 77.93%|
|Namkhana – 85.72|
|Patharpratima – 82.11%|
|Sagar – 84.21%|
|Source: 2011 Census: CD Block Wise|
Primary Census Abstract Data
In the 2001 census, Bengali was the mother tongue for 97.9% of the population of the district, followed by Hindi with 1.5%, Urdu 0.3%, Odia and Telugu (0.1% each).
The West Bengal Official Language (Second Amendment) Bill, 2012, included Hindi, Santhali, Odiya and Punjabi as official languages if it is spoken by a population exceeding 10 per cent of the whole in a particular block or sub-division or a district. Subsequently, Kamtapuri, Rajbanshi and Kurmali were also included in the list of minority languages by the West Bengal Official Language (Second Amendment) Bill, 2018.However, as of 2019, there is no official / other reliable information about the areas covered.
In the 2011 Census of India, Hindus numbered 59,174 and formed 52.41% of the population in Budge Budge I CD block. Muslims numbered 53,508 and formed 47.39% of the population. Others numbered 226 and formed 0.20% of the population.
The proportion of Hindus in South Twenty-four Parganas district has declined from 76.0% in 1961 to 63.2% in 2011. The proportion of Muslims in South Twenty-four Parganas district has increased from 23.4% to 35.6% during the same period. Christians formed 0.8% in 2011.
As per the Human Development Report for South 24 Parganas district, published in 2009, in Budge Budge I CD block the percentage of households below poverty line was 14.78%, a comparatively low poverty level. As per rural household survey in 2005, the proportion of households in South 24 Parganas with poverty rates below poverty line was 34.11%, way above the state and national poverty ratios. The poverty rates were very high in the Sundarban region with all thirteen CD blocks registering poverty ratios above 30% and eight CD blocks had more than 40% of the population in the BPL category. 
In Budge Budge I CD block in 2011, amongst the class of total workers, cultivators numbered 1,140 and formed 2.83%, agricultural labourers numbered 4,762 and formed 11.81%, household industry workers numbered 4,772 and formed 11.83% and other workers numbered 29,656 and formed 73.53%.Total workers numbered 40,330 and formed 35.72% of the total population, and non-workers numbered 72,578 and formed 64.28% of the population.
The District Human Development Report points out that in the blocks of region situated in the close proximity of the Kolkata metropolis, overwhelming majority are involved in the non-agricultural sector for their livelihood. On the other hand, in the Sundarban region, overwhelming majority are dependent on agriculture. In the intermediate region, there is again predominance of the non-agricultural sector. Though the region is not very close to Kolkata, many places are well connected and some industrial/ economic development has taken place.
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, teachers, entertainment artistes and so on.
There are 13 inhabited villages in Budge Budge I CD block, as per the District Census Handbook, South Twenty-four Parganas, 2011. 100% villages have power supply. 13 villages (100%) have drinking water supply. 1 village (7.69%) has a post office. 13 villages (100%) have telephones (including landlines, public call offices and mobile phones). 7 villages (53.85%) have pucca (paved) approach roads and 1 village (7.69%) has transport communication (includes bus service, rail facility and navigable waterways).
According to the District Human Development Report, agriculture is an important source of livelihood in South Twentyfour Parganas district. The amount of cultivable land per agricultural worker is only 0.41 hectare in the district. Moreover, the irrigation facilities have not been extended to a satisfactory scale. Agriculture mostly remains a mono-cropped activity.
As per the District Census Handbook, the saline soil of the district is unfit for cultivation, but the non-salty lands are very fertile. While rice is the main food crop, jute is the main cash crop.
In the Budge Budge I CD block, in 2013-14, net area under effective pisciculture was 135 hectares, engaging 2,450 persons in the profession, and with an approximate annual production of 30,070 quintals.
Pisciculture is an important source of employment in South 24 Parganas district. As of 2001, more than 4.5 lakh people were engaged in Pisciculture. Out of this 2.57 lakhs were from the 13 blocks in the Sundarbans.
In 2013-14, Budge Budge I CD block had offices of 12 commercial banks.
South 24 Parganas 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.
Budge Budge I CD block has 1 originating/ terminating bus routes.
In 2013-14, Budge Budge I CD block had 41 primary schools with 3,323 students, 5 middle schools with 182 students, 2 high schools with 460 students and 10 higher secondary schools with 6,750 students. Budge Budge I CD block had 1 technical/ professional institution with 948 students and 262 institutions for special and non-formal education with 11,170 students.
See also – Education in India
As per the 2011 census, in Budge Budge I CD block, among the 13 inhabited villages, 1 village did not have a school, 6 villages had two or more primary schools, 5 villages had at least 1 primary and 1 middle school and 3 villages had at least 1 middle and 1 secondary school.
In 2014, Budge Budge I CD block had 1 rural hospital, 2 primary health centres and 3 private nursing homes with total 56 beds and 7 doctors (excluding private bodies). It had 14 family welfare subcentres. 2,748 patients were treated indoor and 154,088 patients were treated outdoor in the hospitals, health centres and subcentres of the CD block.
As per 2011 census, in Budge Budge I CD block, 1 villages had a primary health centre, 10 villages had primary health subcentres, 7 villages had medicine shops and out of the 13 inhabited villages 1 village had no medical facilities.