Raghunathpur I (community development block)

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Raghunathpur I
Community development block
Raghunathpur I is located in West Bengal
Raghunathpur I
Raghunathpur I
Location in West Bengal
Coordinates: 23°32′20″N 86°40′41″E / 23.53889°N 86.67806°E / 23.53889; 86.67806
Country  India
State West Bengal
District Purulia
Parliamentary constituency Bankura
Assembly constituency Raghunathpur
 • Total 72.72 sq mi (188.35 km2)
Population (2001)
 • Total 103,620
 • Density 1,400/sq mi (550/km2)
Time zone IST (UTC+5.30)
Literacy Rate 58.93 per cent
Website http://purulia.gov.in/

Raghunathpur I (community development block) (Bengali: রঘুনাথপুর I সমষ্টি উন্নয়ন ব্লক) is an administrative division in Raghunathpur subdivision of Purulia district in the Indian state of West Bengal. Raghunathpur police station serves this block. Headquarters of this block is at Raghunathpur. Arra is an urban area in this block.[1][2]


Jaina Bhagavati-Sutra of 5th century AD, mentions that Purulia was one of the sixteen mahajanapadas and was a part of the kingdom known as Vajra-bhumi in ancient times. In 1833, Manbhum district was carved out of Jungle Mahals district, with headquarters at Manbazar. In 1838, the headquarters was transferred to Purulia. In 1956, Manbhum district was partitioned between Bihar and West Bengal under the States Reorganization Act and the Bihar and West Bengal (Transfer of Territories) Act 1956.[3]


Raghunathpur is located at 23°32′20″N 86°40′41″E / 23.539°N 86.678°E / 23.539; 86.678.

Raghunathpur I community development block has an area of 188.35  km2.[2]

The area forms the lowest step of the Chota Nagpur Plateau. The general scenario is undulating land with scattered hills.[4]

Gram panchayats[edit]

Gram panchayats of Raghunathpur I block/panchayat samiti are: Arrah, Barugram, Bero, Chorpahari, Khajura, Nutandih and Sanka.[5]


As per 2001 census, Raghunathpur I block had a total population of 103,620, out of which 53,416 were males and 50,204 were females. Raghunathpur I block registered a population growth of 12.12 per cent during the 1991-2001 decade. Decadal growth for Purulia district was 13.96 per cent.[2] Decadal growth in West Bengal was 17.84 per cent.[6]

Scheduled castes at 36,349 formed around one-third the population. Scheduled tribes numbered 12,857.[7]


As per 2001 census, Raghunathpur I block had a total literacy of 58.93 per cent for the 6+ age group. While male literacy was 73.60 per cent female literacy was 43.33 per cent. Purulia district had a total literacy of 55.57 per cent, male literacy being 73.72 per cent and female literacy being 36.50 per cent.[8]


  1. ^ "Contact details of Block Development Officers". Purulia district. West Bengal Government. Retrieved 2011-08-08. 
  2. ^ a b c "Provisional population totals, West Bengal, Table 4, Purulia District". Census of India 2001. Census Commission of India. Retrieved 2011-08-08. 
  3. ^ "Historical background". Purulia District. Archived from the original on 2008-01-03. Retrieved 2008-03-02. 
  4. ^ Houlton, Sir John, Bihar, the Heart of India, 1949, p. 170, Orient Longmans Ltd.
  5. ^ "Annexure A to G.O No.121(Sanction)-RD/CCA/BRGF/1C-5/08". Allotment under BRGF Fund 1st Instalment 2010-11 – Purulia District. Government of West Bengal - Department of Panchayats & Rural Development. Retrieved 2011-08-04. 
  6. ^ "Provisional Population Totals, West Bengal. Table 4". Census of India 2001. Census Commission of India. Retrieved 2011-08-04. 
  7. ^ "TRU for all Districts (SC & ST and Total)". Census 2001. Census Commission of India. Retrieved 2008-03-02. 
  8. ^ "Provisional population totals, West Bengal, Table 5, Purulia District". Census of India 2001. Census Commission of India. Retrieved 2011-08-08.