Bani Mandir - A resume

A Look Back : Bani Mandir is a legendary name. During pre-independence era, a group of school teachers and

enthusiastic youth came forward to do something beneficial to their village community. In 1945, they established a village

library at Khordanahala. In due course they took a drive to conduct some welfare and development activities for poor and

disadvantaged people in their quarter under the canopy of a well-organized voluntary set-up. Thus, the village library

was transformed into a voluntary organization – Bani Mandir.

Initially, the organization was involved in mass awareness generation activities, adult literacy, emergency aid to

distressed persons, etc.

In 1973, the organization got its legal entity under the West Bengal Societies Registration Act. XXVI of 1961.

After its legal recognition, Bani Mandir has gradually branched off its activities in different fields of welfare and

development. It covers a sizeable number of remote villages in Diamond Harbour Block –II of South 24 Parganas district.

Core Objective : To ensure people‟s development through advancement in social, educational, cultural, physical,

economic, environmental and other spheres of rural life and living.

Operationed Spread : At present, the organization is working amidst people in around 60 villages of 07 Gram

Panchayats namely Khorda; Mathur, Noorpur, Kalatalahat, Bhadura, Sarisha and Patra in Diamond Harbour Block II of

South 24 Parganas district, largely populated by SC, OBC and Muslim families.

Physical Set-up : The operational area of Bani Mandir is characterized as alluvial palins on the river basin of the

Hooghly river. Its rural economy largely depends on agriculture and its allied fields. During agricultural lean period, there

is large scale migration to adjoining urban areas and even Kolkata in search of menial and manual jobs.

The area is connected with Falta Industrial Zone by a State Highway stretching towards the National Highway 117. The

NH 117 connects the area with Kolkata in north-east and Diamond Harbour, Kakdwip and Namkhana in south east. The

nearest Railway Station is Diamond Harbour in Sealdh – Diamond Harbour section of Eastern Railway.

Target Group Composition : Bani Mandir is a Non-government Social Organization. Its programme

activities are meant for the people-in-need irrespective of caste, creed, religion and gender. In development

interventions, it emphasizes more on children, women, youth and elderly persons living in abject poverty and utter