Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Human Development Index and SWI

Towards the end of 2005 SWI had begun a journey with the Panchayat and Rural Development Department of the Government of West Bengal in preparing the State Human Development Report (HDR) and specifically the Malda District HDR, through various workshops, analysis and studies at the people level. Puthumai, Ms. Bimala Baru and the Staff at Harishchandrapur II Block of Malda were directly involved in the process. The District HDR were released by the Hon'ble Chief Minister of West Bengal State, His Excellency Buddhadeb Bhattacharya, in the august presence of Ms. Maxine Olsen, the Resident Representative of UNDP and the Minister in Charge of Development and Planning, Mr. Nirupam Sen. Fr. Puthumai was also an invitee at the special program organized by the Panchayat and Rural Development Department at Nandan, Kolkata. SWI would continue to be part of the exercise and build strong linkages in order to strengthen the arms of the Government. Importantly, Malda district scores the lowest in Human Development Index among all the districts of West Bengal.

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