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Paschimanchal Unnayan Parshad was constituted in May, 2000 for effecting integrated development for about one crore people inhabited in the red laterite dry zone in the western part of the state comprising 74 blocks in the five districts as given below:
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The Paschimanchal Unnayan Parshad is now functioning under the administrative control of the Department of Paschimanchal Unnayan Affairs since December, 2006.
About 40% of the population belongs to ST & SC communities and nearly 40% of the families live below the poverty line. One fifth of the total area is covered by the forests. The land is acid-red laterite and undulating. Most villages are not connected by pucca roads. Marginal workers constitute about 35% of the total population of that area as against 8.05% for the state as a whole.
Paschimanchal Unnayan Parshad was earlier functioning as a wing of Development & Planning Department which used to sanction funds to meet the critical gap in physical infrastructures like roads, irrigation & water supply etc.
Lack of infrastructural facilities and the poor living conditions of the people prompted Govt. of West Bengal to create a separate department namely Paschimanchal Unnayan Affairs Department vide Notification No. 194-Home (Cons.) R2R (Cons.)- 10/2006 date 12.07.2006. The secretariat started functioning from December, 2006 with the joining of a Principal Secretary followed by other secretariat staff.
Initially, the plan funds were released by the department to the Divisional Commissioner who is Member Secretary of Paschimanchal Unnayan Parshad for sub-allotting the same to the five districts as untied funds. PUP is the execution wing of the department. PUP undertake various schemes with the help of its own limited technical staff. Schemes are implemented through the Districts Authority - BDOs, Line Department, NGOs, SHGs, Institutions of Repute etc. Other Depending on the district administration and other line departments. A large part of the area is bordering with Jharkhand. The sporadic Maoist activities and crimes have made the area highly sensitive, calling for special attention towards comprehensive development of this region. It is also necessary that income generating schemes are taken up on a large scale to raise the vast section of the people above the poverty line.Initiatives