Bandhan-Konnagar, a not-for-profit organisation, registered under the West Bengal Societies Registration Act, 1961 celebrated its ‘Development Day’ today on completion of 18 years at ITC Sonar, Kolkata.
Commencing its journey in the year 2001, the organisation has transformed the lives of around 1.8 million families spread across 11 states of India – West Bengal, Bihar, Odisha, Telangana, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Assam, Tripura and Chhattisgarh. The organisation has 818 field offices spread across 10,793 villages. More than 2,300 employees are actively involved in the welfare of the disadvantaged families.
The Development Day event was graced by Mr. Craig L. Hall, Hon’ble U.S. Consul General, Kolkata along with many distinguished guests like Mr. Debasish Sen, Additional Chief Secretary, IT & Electronics and Chairman, HIDCO; Mr. Saurabh Das, Principal Secretary, Panchayat & Rural Development Department; Mr. Dushyant Nariala, Principal Secretary, Department of School Education and other luminaries.
In the welcome address at the event, Mr. Chandra Shekhar Ghosh, Founder & Mentor, Bandhan-Konnagar said, “All our development programmes are designed and implemented with the intent of supporting the underprivileged. The organisation is putting in honest and dedicated efforts to provide necessary holistic support to the marginalised. My heartfelt thanks to all our donors for reposing faith in us and to all those who support us in our journey of development.”
A panel discussion was held on the topic ‘Women Empowerment – Are we moving in the right direction’. Eminent journalist Mr. Suparna Pathak; Educationist & former Vice-Chancellor of Calcutta University, Prof. Sugata Marjit; Executive Director, Action Aid India, Mr. Sandeep Chachra; Danseuse-cum-social activist, Ms. Alokananda Roy and Chairman, West Bengal State Commission for Women, Leena Gangopadhyay participated in the panel discussion.