Contai I

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Contai I
কাঁথি I
Community development block
সমষ্টি উন্নয়ন ব্লক
Contai I is located in West Bengal
Contai I
Contai I
Location in West Bengal, India
Coordinates: 21°44′55″N 87°39′11″E / 21.7486581°N 87.6529598°E / 21.7486581; 87.6529598Coordinates: 21°44′55″N 87°39′11″E / 21.7486581°N 87.6529598°E / 21.7486581; 87.6529598
Country  India
State West Bengal
District Purba Medinipur
 • Type Community development block
 • Total 155.27 km2 (59.95 sq mi)
Elevation 3 m (10 ft)
Population (2011)
 • Total 170,894
 • Density 1,100/km2 (2,900/sq mi)
 • Official Bengali, English
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 721401 (Contai)
Area code(s) 03210
ISO 3166 code IN-WB
Vehicle registration WB-29, WB-30, WB-31, WB-32, WB-33
Literacy 89.32%
Lok Sabha constituency Kanthi
Vidhan Sabha constituency Kanthi Dakshin

Contai I (also known as Kanthi I block) is a community development block that forms an administrative division in Contai subdivision of Purba Medinipur district in the Indian state of West Bengal.


Purba Medinipur district is part of the lower Indo-Gangetic Plain and Eastern coastal plains. Topographically, the district can be divided into two parts – (a) almost entirely flat plains on the west, east and north, (b) the coastal plains on the south. The vast expanse of land is formed of alluvium and is composed of younger and coastal alluvial. The elevation of the district is within 10 metres above mean sea level. The district has a long coastline of 65.5 km along its southern and south eastern boundary. Five coastal CD Blocks, namely, Khejuri II, Contai II (Deshapran), Contai I, Ramnagar I and II, are occasionally affected by cyclones and tornadoes. Tidal floods are quite regular in these five CD Blocks. Normally floods occur in 21 of the 25 CD Blocks in the district. The major rivers are Haldi, Rupnarayan, Rasulpur, Bagui and Keleghai, flowing in north to south or south-east direction. River water is an important source of irrigation. The district has a low 899 hectare forest cover, which is 0.02% of its geographical area.[1][2][3]

Dulalpur, a constituent panchayat of Contai I block, is located at 21°44′55″N 87°39′11″E / 21.7486581°N 87.6529598°E / 21.7486581; 87.6529598.

Contai I CD Block is bounded by Deshapran and Contai III CD Blocks in the north, Bay of Bengal in the east, Ramnagar II CD Block in the south and Egra II CD Block in the west.[4][5]

It is located 67 km from Tamluk, the district headquarters.[4]

Contai I CD Block has an area of 155.27 km2. It has 1 panchayat samity, 8 gram panchayats, 129 gram sansads (village councils), 225 mouzas and 221 inhabited villages. Contai police station serves this block.[6]Headquarters of this CD Block is at Contai.[7]

Gram panchayats of Contai I block/ panchayat samiti are: Badalpur, Dulalpur, Haipur, Mahisagote, Majilapur, Nayaput, Raipur Paschimbar and Sabajpur.[8]



As per 2011 Census of India Contai I CD Block had a total population of 170,894, all of which were rural. There were 88,105 (52%) males and 82,789 (48%) females. Population below 6 years was 18,122. Scheduled Castes numbered 23,562 (13.19%) and Scheduled Tribes numbered 92 (0.05%).[9]

As per 2001 census, Contai I block had a total population of 150,999, out of which 77,331 were males and 73,668 were females. Contai I block registered a population growth of 10.30 per cent during the 1991-2001 decade. Decadal growth for the combined Midnapore district was 14.87 per cent.[10]Decadal growth in West Bengal was 17.84 per cent.[11]

Large village (with 4,000+ population) in Contai I CD Block (2011 census figure in brackets): Majna (4,653).[9]

Other villages in Contai I CD Block (2011 census figures in brackets): Badalpur 1st part (3,980), Haipur (1,823), Dulalpur (1,191), Raipur Paschimbar (685), Mahishgot (1,033), Sabajpur (610), Nayaput (2,372), Majilapur (2,937).[9]


As per 2011 census the total number of literates in Contai I CD Block was 136,463 (89.32% of the population over 6 years) out of which 74,557 (55%) were males and 61,906 (45%) were females.[9]

As per 2011 census, literacy in Purba Medinipur district was 87.02%.[12] Purba Medinipur had the highest literacy amongst all the districts of West Bengal in 2011.[13]

See also – List of West Bengal districts ranked by literacy rate

Language and religion[edit]

Bengali is the local language in these areas.[4]

Religion in Contai I CD Block

In 2011 census Hindus numbered 155,161 and formed 90.79% of the population in Contai I CD Block. Muslims numbered 15,397 and formed 9.01% of the population. Others numbered 336 and formed 0.20% of the population.[14]

Rural poverty[edit]

The District Human Development Report for Purba Medinipur has provided a CD Block-wise data table for Modified Human Poverty Index of the district. Contai I CD Block registered 27.74 on the MHPI scale. The CD Block-wise mean MHPI was estimated at 24.78. Eleven out of twentyfive CD Blocks were found to be severely deprived in respect of grand CD Block average value of MHPI (CD Blocks with lower amount of poverty are better): All the CD Blocks of Haldia and Contai subdivisions appeared backward, except Ramnagar I & II, of all the blocks of Egra subdivision only Bhagabanpur I appeared backward and in Tamluk subdivision none appeared backward.[15]



In Contai I CD Block in 2011, total workers formed 36.10% of the total population and amongst the class of total workers, cultivators formed 14.97%, agricultural labourers 37.59%, household industry workers 4.48% and other workers 42.96.%.[16]


221 or 98% of the mouzas in Contai I CD Block were electrified by 31 March 2014.[16]In 2007-08, around 40% of rural households in the district had electricity.[17]

All he 225 mouzas in Contai I CD Block had drinking water facilities in 2013-14. There were 26 fertiliser depots, 15 seed stores and 33 fair price shops in the CD Block.[16]


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Persons engaged in agriculture
in Contai I CD Block

  Bargadars (8.78%)
  Patta holders (13.44%)
  Small farmers (2.20%)
  Marginal farmers (41.84%)
  Agricultural labourers (33.74%)

According to the District Human Development Report of Purba Medinipur: The agricultural sector is the lifeline of a predominantly rural economy. It is largely dependent on the Low Capacity Deep Tubewells (around 50%) or High Capacity Deep Tubewells (around 27%) for irrigation, as the district does not have a good network of canals, compared to some of the neighbouring districts. In many cases the canals are drainage canals which get the backflow of river water at times of high tide or the rainy season. The average size of land holding in Purba Medinipur, in 2005-06, was 0.73 hectares against 1.01 hectares in West Bengal.[17]

In 2013-14, the total area irrigated in Contai I CD Block was 3,724 hectares, out of which 403 hectares were irrigated by tank water, 2,381 hectares by deep tube well and 940 hectares by shallow tube well.[16]

In 2003-04 net area sown in Contai I CD Block was 11,945 hectares and the area in which more than one crop was grown was 5,742 hectares.[18]

Although the Bargadari Act of 1950 recognised the rights of bargadars to a higher share of crops from the land that they tilled, it was not implemented fully. Large tracts, beyond the prescribed limit of land ceiling, remained with the rich landlords. From 1977 onwards major land reforms took place in West Bengal. Land in excess of land ceiling was acquired and distributed amongst the peasants.[19]Following land reforms land ownership pattern has undergone transformation. In 2013-14, persons engaged in agriculture in Contai I CD Block could be classified as follows: bargadars 8.78%, patta (document) holders 13.44%, small farmers (possessing land between 1 and 2 hectares) 2.20%, marginal farmers (possessing land up to 1 hectare) 41.84% and agricultural labourers 33.74%.[16]

In 2013-14, Contai I CD Block produced 14,563 tonnes of Aman paddy, the main winter crop, from 10,836 hectares, 3,527 tonnes of Boro paddy, the spring crop, from 1,071 hectares and 4,298 tonnes of potatoes from 135 hectares. It also produced oil seeds.[16]

Betelvine is a major source of livelihood in Purba Medinipur district, particularly in Tamluk and Contai subdivisions. Betelvine production in 2008-09 was the highest amongst all the districts and was around a third of the total state production. In 2008-09, Purba Mednipur produced 2,789 tonnes of cashew nuts from 3,340 hectares of land.[17]

Concentration of Handicraft Activities in CD Blocks
  • Horn Craft - Kolaghat
  • Pata Chitra - Chandipur, Nandakumar
  • Sea Shell – Ramnagar I & II
  • Mat & Mat Diversified Products – Ramnagar I, Egra I & II, Patashpur I
  • Brass & Bell Metal – Ramnagar I, Mahisadal, Patashpur II, Egra I
  • Diversified Jute Products – Ramnagar II, Nandakumar, Kolaghat, Shahid Matangini
  • Cane & Bamboo Products - Chandipur, Nandakumar, Kolaghat, Shahid Matangini
  • Sola Craft - Tamluk, Kolaghat
  • Pottery/Terracotta - Panskura, Tamluk, Sahid Matangini, Nandakumar
  • Wood Craft - Tamluk
  • Zari work- Sutahta, Mahisadal, Haldia, Nandakumar

Source: District Human Development Report, Purba Medinipur, Page 97


Purba Medinipur’s net district domestic product derives one fifth of its earnings from fisheries, the highest amongst all the districts of West Bengal.[17]The nett area available for effective pisciculture in Contai I CD Block in 2013-14 was 1,050.53 hectares. 6,225 persons were engaged in the profession and approximate annual production was 40,025 quintals.[16]


In 2013-14, Contai I CD Block had offices of 4 commercial banks and 2 gramin banks.[16]


Contai I CD Block has 32 originating/ terminating bus routes.[16]

Sitalpur and Sujalpur are stations on the Tamluk-Digha line, constructed in 2003-04.[20][21]

SH 4 connecting Jhalda (in Purulia district) and Digha (in Purba Medinipur district) passes through this block.[22]


In 2013-14, Contai I CD Block had 135 primary schools with 7,246 students, 19 middle schools with 1,216 students, 11 high schools with 3,305 students and 12 higher secondary schools with 17,924 students. Contai I CD Block had 1 technical/ professional institution with 100 students and 282 institutions for special and non-formal education with 10,046 students.[16]


In 2014, Contai I CD Block had 1 block primary health centre and 2 primary health centres with total 25 beds and 7 doctors (excluding private bodies). It had 27 family welfare sub centres. 2,163 patients were treated indoor and 96,446 patients were treated outdoor in the hospitals, health centres and subcentres of the CD Block.[16]

External links[edit]

Junput travel guide from Wikivoyage


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