Backward Classes Welfare Department

Brief Description

The Backward Classes Welfare Department, a Department under the Govt. of West Bengal is working towards sustainable development of the persons belonging to the Schedules Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Other Backward Classes of West Bengal. The main aim of the Department is to improve the quality of life of these socially and economically backward classes and enhancement of capability of the people belonging to these communities, so that they can be very much part & parcel of the mainstream of the Society.

Main functions of the Backward Classes Welfare Department are

To promote and implement educational schemes for upliftment, of SC, ST and Other Backward Classes including training leading to self-employment.

To supervise issue of caste certificates and enforce reservation rules in services & posts under the Govt,  Public Undertakings , Statutory Bodies , Universities , Colleges, Schools, Local Authorities, and Govt. aided offices and institutions.

To work for their social and cultural development.

To implement schemes for their economic upliftment and development of Human
To strengthen infrastructure and create community assets in SC/ST dominated areas.

To Grant of Old-Age (above 60 years) pension to tribal people living below poverty level

To Establishment and maintain of residential schools for SC / ST boys and girls students.

The infrastructural development programmes for SC, ST and OBC communities include upgradation of village roads, bridges, construction and repair of school buildings, minor irrigation, drinking water supply equipment etc. A number of schemes like Mahila Samriddhi Yojana (MSY), Adibasi Mahila Swasaktikaran Yojana (AMSY) have been taken up to assist women belonging to backward classes to be self-dependent.

Medical support of Ashram Hostel, Special Coaching of Ashram Hostel, Computer Education


Citizen Centric Activities  

Issuance of Scheduled Caste, Scheduled Tribes and Other Backward Classes certificates to the eligible persons.

Implementation of the provisions of the Constitution of India concerning the Scheduled Castes & Scheduled Tribes

Implementation of the provisions of Scheduled Castes & Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities ) Act, 1989 with a view to removing the untouchability & preventing atrocities on the Scheduled Castes & Scheduled Tribes

Implementation of the Scheduled Tribes & Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act, 2006 with a view to recognizing & vesting the Forest Rights and occupation of forest land on Scheduled Tribes & Other Traditional Forest Dwellers

Enforcement of restoration of alienated land to the Scheduled Tribes under the West Bengal land Reforms Act, 1956 and similar other Acts in force.

Grant of Old Age Pension to the Tribal people living below poverty line

Construction, administration and maintenance of various types of hostels for Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Other Backward Classes boys / girls separately including grants for maintenance of school attached hostels.

Various types of Pre-Matric and Post -Matric scholarships , Merit assistances, Hostel Charges are paid to the poor students belong to Scheduled Castes , Scheduled Tribes and Other Backward Classes every year. Moreover Special Scholarship and one time Annual Grant are paid to the students whose parents are engaged in unclean occupation for spreading of their education from primary to higher level, Sikshashree V to VIII.

There are Family Oriented Economic Development Schemes and Income Generation Schemes for the development of poor Scheduled Caste , Scheduled Tribes people.

Organization of cultural activities like One Act Drama competition in tribal language , Hul Utsav etc. among the Scheduled Tribes communities

Inter Caste Marriage.

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Contact Details

Project Officer-cum-District Welfare Officer, Birbhum

Telephone – 03462 255345 Fax- 03462-255246
e-Mail : pobcwbir[at]gmail[dot]com