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Date of Publish: 2017-05-09

Statistical information relating to the influx of Refugees from East Bengal into India till 30th September, 1971

Government of India,

Ministry of Labour and Rehabilitation,

Department of Branch Secretariat

( For a series of reports on the issue of Influx in Assam during creation of Bangladesh please visit the previous parts published on February 21, March 2,7,14,21,30 and April 4, 13, 21, 25 and May 2.)

11. UNATTACHED WOMEN HOMES, ORPHANAGES, AND EDUCATIONAL CENTERS SET UP FOR REFUGEES FROM EAST BELGAL

Unattached Women's Homes

Name of Social welfare organisations Location Activities Total Capacity
1.Womens Coordinating council 19/1 Rajendra Road Calcutta Vocational training in nursing, Civil Difence, first aid, handi craft etc. 50
2. Bangladesh Mukti Sahayak Sangram Samiti Salt Lake Camp, Sector V Vocational training in nursing, first Aid etc. 300
3. Karmakutir Lakshmipur Barasat sub-division, 24 Paraganas Vocational Training in Sewing, cutting, doll -making, also education and First-aid 100
4. Government of Tripura Agartala Handicrafts trainng 200 women

B. Orphanages

Name of Social Welfare organisations Location Activities Total number
5. Council fro promotion of harmony Kalyani, Nadia Simple Education and training in handicrafts, 200
6. West Bengal Council for Child Welfare Brindabanpur, District Midanpur and Gambarbani district Bankura Simple Education and training in handicrafts, 200
7. Governentof Tripura Agartala Simple Education and training in handicrafts, 200

C. EDUCATIONAL CENTRES

Name of Social Welfare organisations Location Activities Total number
8. Bharat Scouts and Guides Salt Lake Camp Primary Education and training on Health , Hygiene and sanitation 5000 in 50 centres
9. Bangladesh Saranarthi and Mukti Sangram Sahayak Samiti Salt lake Camp, Sector V Have set up a medical unit for refugees
10. BK Mission Ashram, Narendrapur Gaighata, Bakehara, Kalisima, and Lakhimpur Educational and Cultural Centre for children
11. Bharat Sevashram Sangha Panchaypur (Gaya) Educational and Cultural Centre for children
12. Evacuees Welfare Committee Salt Lake Camp, Kalyani Camp and other camps Opening 74 Shikha Kendras for children

12. NUMBER OF RIGS IN OPERATION AT THE VARIOUS CENTRAL TRANSIT CAMP SITES FRO SINKING TUBE WELLS TO PROVIDE DRINKING WATER TO THE REFUGEES FROM EAST BENGAL

State District Central Transit Camp Number of Rigs
West Bengal Purulia Chharra 8
Bankura Gamarbani 3
Midanpur Salboni 1
Brindabanpur 5
Digri 5
Salwa 5
Asam Goalpara Bahalpur 1
Changsery 1
Tripura Dharmanagar Uptakhali 1
Agartala 1
Madhya Pradesh Raipur Mana 6
Bilaspur Bilaspur 6
Meghalaya Garo Hills 3
Uttar Pradesh Allahabad Iradatganj 1
Bihar Gaya Panchanpur 1

13. Supply of Ration to Refugees from East Bengal Accommodated in Camps

The per capita daily expenditure of feeding refugees limited to Rs.1.10 for an adult in Assam, Meghalaya and Tripura and Rs. 1 in West Bengal, Bihar and other states. As regards children between the age of 1-8years, the monetary ceiling is Rs.0.60 per child in all states. Children up to 1 year of age is issues milk and baby food out of donations made by Foreign and Voluntary Organisations. Within the prescribed monetary ceilings refugees are asupplied daily rations in camps according to the following scales:

A. For Adults-

1.Rice – 500 grams

2.Wheat/Atta- 100 grams

3.Pulses – 100 grams

4.Edible oil- 25 grams

5.Sugar – grams

B. For minors between the age of 1-8 year

1.Rice – 150 grams

2.Wheat/Ata – 50 grams

3.Pulse- 50 grams

4.Edible oil- 12 grams

5.Sugar - 15 grams

2. The cereals, pulses, sugar, edible oil are drawn as far as possible from the Food Corporation of India as their issue price. After computing the cost of these articles, the balance amount of prescribed monetary ceiling not exceeding Rs.0.33 and Rs.0.20 per head per day in respect of adult and minor respectively are given to refugees for purchase of vegetables, salt, spices, fuel for cooking, hair-oil and washing shop. Besides, children fro below one year of age, each payment is made at the rate nor exceeding Rs.0.20 per child per day.

14. supply of cotton and warm cothes to refugees from East Bengal accommodated in camps

The scale of supply of cotton clothing and warm clothing are ideated below.

A. Cotton clothing

For adults (those aged above 12 years of age) –

Man- One Dhuti and one Kurta. For Muslims Lungi may be supplies instead of Shuti.

Women – One Sari and one Blouse.

For minors (ie. those aged 12 or less)

Boys – One shirt and one pair of shorts.

Girls – Frock and underwear.

B. Warm clothing-

Wollen sweater or bundies made of shoddy wool for children upto the age of 12 years of age are supplied, when climate conditio so justify.

(to be continued...)

(Source : Assam State Archives)

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