Dakshin Dinajpur

DM's Desk


Shri Durgadas Goswami, IAS
Office: 03522-255201/255488 (Fax)
Residence: 03522-255202.
e-mail: dm-bgt-wb@nic.in


The witness of rechristening itself twice, the pride of having a museum in its headquarter that showcases its own resources and experience of watching the upheavals of history over a period of two thousand years through bloodbath on many a time, some of the creations of which emanate the glow of unadulterated, exquisite marvels of antiquity in ancient sculptures dating back to thousands of years, boasting of being the abode of mythological heroes, still green and unpolluted, 450 km away from the state capital, - yes it is the district of Dakshin Dinajpur!

The way the brave people of this district fought the imperial and subversive forces, the way this district headquarter enjoyed the rare distinction of flying the tricolour for two days in September 1942, much ahead of it was flown throughout the country and the reasons that reportedly contributed to deferring the bifurcation of Dinajpur district by three days, are the reminiscences that the citizens of this district love to cherish. Ultimately on 18th August, 1947 the district of West Dinajpur came into reality. In April 1992 it was again divided and the Dakshin Dinajpur district in its present form with 252 km of international border with Bangladesh and headquarter at Balurghat was created for administrative convenience.

Bangarh where the University of Calcutta started archaeological excavation under the guidance of Prof. Kunja Gobinda Goswami in the year 1931 and were later taken up by the Archaeological Survey of India and relics including copper plate inscriptions, metallic coins, pots and such other articles used during the period of Maurya dynasty, Palas and Senas were unearthed wave the flag of ancient history of this great geographical identity which was once a part of Poundryabardhan. Perfection of quality of hundreds of sand-stone and black-stone sculptures of different mythological God & Goddess discovered in course of excavation of ponds in different adjoining areas of Gangarampur, Harirampur, Banshihari, Kushmandi, and Tapan, could be the points of reverence for any European sculptor of mediaeval period. Some of the lake-like water bodies spread all over the district symbolises the foresight and accountability of the ancient lords to their peasants and nature. These are now the abode of many migratory birds that signal the potentials of lake-tourism as well as eco-tourism and at the same time provide living to a lot many through pisciculture and cater to the demand of local sweet-water fish in a large number of markets throughout North Bengal.

People in general of this district are known for being very humble, law abiding, docile and diligent. Approximately 16% people belong to scheduled tribe communities and a considerable percentage of them reportedly have the trace of their lineage to Chhotonagpur, while 28% of its population belong to Scheduled caste communities. The principal economic activity being agriculture; and paddy, jute, wheat as well as vegetables being the major crops, majority of the peasantry draws their livelihood from agrarian activities on the basins of the Atreyee, the Punarvaba and the Tangon -the three major rivers, and at the same time generates millions of tons of surplus food grains to feed the deficit districts of the country.

Some of the issues that enthuse the people of this district to be boastful and at the same time benign could be, securing rank by the students at the school level examinations at frequent intervals, brilliant souls of this soil in galore spread all over the Globe in the service of mankind, the rare distinction of having Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar award being conferred on a brilliant scientist of this district and local folk culture, artefacts and quality handloom products with Gangarampur as its hub being largely applauded outside.

But still, it is a backward district as listed by none other than the Government of India. Remoteness from the state capital and inadequacy of transport and communication links are considered to be the major factors that impede the growth of industrial and service sectors of this district. Rail-link was established only after 57 years of independence and it is still at its infancy. The district is yet to have a national highway. Because of its backwardness Government efforts are also serious for its faster development. Fund from various programmes are being poured in for augmenting its infrastructure in a rapid way. Roads, bridges, schools, colleges, institutions for imparting technical education, hostels for girls, thrust on ameliorating the pecuniary conditions of individuals of socially and economically backward communities through different poverty alleviation and self-employment schemes, stipend and different types of financial support are some of the focus areas that the Government is engaged for fostering.

This website with its contents, I believe, will be able to provide the basic information to the people of this district in particular and the country as a whole about the administrative structure and update of different development activities of the district.

Balurghat, the 24th May 2013.

Durgadas Goswami, IAS
District Magistrate, Dakshin Dinajpur
West Bengal, India.