North Bengal Field Unit

Location: 45 MegnadSarani, Hakimpara, P.O. Siliguri, Pin: 734009,  District Darjeeling, West Bengal, India

Tel. +91(0) 353 2523901

Email: cininb@cinindia.org

Year of establishment: 2002

Total no. of staff: 85 full-time, 133 part-time staff

Area coverage: All blocks of Darjeeling, Jalpaiguri and Coochbehar Districts of West Bengal

Population coverage: 400,000- 450,000 approximately

Overall objectives: The North Bengal Field unit’s focus is primarily on ensuring services in the realms of education, protection, health and nutrition to women and children living in urban slums of Siliguri. The city, a gateway to both national and international borders and a major commercial hub of North-Eastern India, is also a centre for unsafe migration and trafficking in human beings, in particular women and children. Addressing the problems affecting trafficked children, as well as preventing the root causes of human trafficking is a core programme area for CINI North Bengal, which works both in urban and rural areas from where children and young people are lured into trafficking. Education, health, nutrition interventions are supported in vulnerable areas of North Bengal with the aim of creating child friendly community.

Innovative interventions carried out by CINI North Bengal include

  • Providing child-friendly services in red-light areas of Siliguri
  • Setting up and ensuring proper utilisation of community toilets in slums of Siliguri
  • Establishing a Child Friendly Police Station in Darjeeling District
  • Creating community-based mechanisms to prevent child trafficking from tea estate areas
  • Managing a Child Assistance Booth in partnership with NF Railway Katihar Division

Name of person in charge: Shekhar Saha

Shekhar Saha, a post graduate in population studies, has worked for 13 years with CINI in a variety of project areas in West Bengal. Since 2012, he has headed the North Bengal Field Unit.