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Village Grain Bank
 

The concept of grain bank came into being with a view to safeguard the poor tribal people against starvation during any natural calamity or lean season when they do not have any earning opportunity and hence no income to obtain even their daily food requirement. Such people in need of food may borrow food grain from their village grain bank set up within the locality and again repay back when they start earning. Each grain bank caters to the need of 30-40 tribal families. One quintal of food grain is allotted per family as a one time grant. So far we are having 955 such grain banks operating under LAMPS throughout West Bengal as per details below:

 

(Grain Bank at a Birhor village, Purulia)

(Lending from Grain Bank)

 
     
 
                  Village Grain Banks established during 2009-10 & 2010-11
 
 
Name of the districts 2009-10 2010-11 Existing Grain Banks
Units Members Units Members Units Members
Bankura 70 2800 - - 202 8080
Purulia 80 3200 - - 234 9360
Paschim Medinipur 55 2200 - - 148 5920
Purba Medinipur 6 240 - - 12 480
Jalpaiguri 52 2080 - - 74 2960
Darjeeling 8 320 - - 11 440
Malda 20 800 - - 57 2280
Uttar Dinajpur 7 280 - - 22 880
Dakshin Dinajpur 40 1600 - - 83 3320
Birbhum 28 1120 - - 47 1880
Bardhaman 2 80 - - 11 440
Hooghly 10 440 - - 15 600
Murshidabad 10 400 - - 17 680
24 Parganas (N) 6 240 - - 14 560
24 Parganas (S) 8 320 - - 8 320
TOTAL 402 16080 - - 955 38200
 
     
 
Total Tribal
Population
5296953 (2011)
Outlay out of total
state budget
--
Tribal
Districts
19
Scheduled
Tribes
40
Primitive
Tribes
3
Literacy
Rate
--
Regional
Offices
8
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