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Puncha (community development block)


Puncha (community development block)

পুঞ্চা সমষ্টি উন্নয়ন ব্লক
community development block
Puncha is located in West Bengal
Location in West Bengal, India
Country  India
State West Bengal
District Purulia
 • Total 330 km2 (130 sq mi)
Population (2001)
 • Total 108,045
 • Density 330/km2 (850/sq mi)
 • Official Bengali, English
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
Literacy 57.34%
Lok Sabha constituency Purulia
Vidhan Sabha constituency Manbazar
Website .in.govpurulia

Puncha (community development block) is an administrative division in Purulia Sadar East subdivision of Purulia district in the Indian state of West Bengal. Puncha and Kenda police stations serve this block. Headquarters of this block is at Puncha.[1][2]


  • History 1
  • Geography 2
    • Gram panchayats 2.1
  • Demographics 3
  • Literacy 4
  • Education 5
  • References 6


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

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Ramananda Centenary College at Laulara, near Puncha, is one of the major colleges in West Bengal.[9] proposed Ganesh Mahato Memorial Teachers Training Institute (D.ed) Pirra,Kenda,Purulia W.B. Higher Secondary schools in the area are - Napara High School, Laulara R.C.Academy, and Kuruktopa High School.[10]


As per 2001 census, Puncha block had a total literacy of 57.34 per cent for the 6+ age group. While male literacy was 75.25 per cent female literacy was 39.06 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]


Scheduled castes at 16,500 formed around one-sixth the population. Scheduled tribes numbered 27,564, forming around one-fourth the population.[7]

As per 2001 census, Puncha block had a total population of 108,045, out of which 54,636 were males and 53,409 were females. Puncha block registered a population growth of 12.09 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]


Gram panchayats of Puncha block/panchayat samiti are: Bagda, Chandra, Chhirudih, Jambad, Kenda, Lakhra, Na-para, Panipathar, Pirrah and Puncha.[5]

Gram panchayats

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

Puncha community development block has an area of 330.00  km2.[2]

Puncha is located at .



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