From the Desk of District Magistrate
The name of the District ‘Murshidabad’ came from the place known as “Muksudabad” which was the capital of Bengal during Murshid Quli Khan’srule. Before the advent of British, the city of Murshidabad was the capital of Bengal. It has a great significance in the Indian History as in 1757 the British defeated Siraj–ud–Daula in the Battle of Plassey, after which the entire nation was brought under the British Colonial Rule. Even after the conquest of Bengal by the British, Murshidabad remained for some time the seat of administration.
The Berhampore and adjacent areas of Murshidabad municipality still bear memories of Nawabs with mosques, tombs, and gardens, and retains such industries as carving in ivory, gold and silver embroidery and silk weaving. Places of historic interest are Nizamat Kila (the Fortress of the Nawabs) also known as the Hazaarduari Palace (Palace of a Thousand Doors), the Moti Jhil (Pearl Lake), the Muradbagh Palace and the Khushbagh Cemetery. Murshidabad today is a centre for agriculture, handicrafts and sericulture. After the battle of Plassey in 1757, the East India Company took the prime position and till 1765, they ruled the Bengal, Bihar and Odissa through the Nawabs. Murshidabad lost its importance after the capital shifted to Kolkata. Even today, Murshidabad enjoys the attention of the tourists across the nation for its historical significance. River Ganges, near Dhuliyan, is bifurcated into Padma (which flows to Bangladesh) and Bhagirathi (which flows to southern part of West Bengal). Farakka barrage has the main connecting road between southern Bengal and Northern Bengal.
Murshidabad with its headquarter at Berhampore situates geographically at the middle of the State and lying centrally in the lower Ganga valley. The District has an area of 5,550 square kilometres (2,140 sq mi). It is divided into two nearly equal portions by the Bhagirathi, the ancient channel of the Ganges. The tract to the west, known as the Rarh, consists of hard clay and nodular limestone. The Bagri or eastern half belongs to alluvial plains of eastern Bengal. As per 2001 census, 71.02 Lakh people of different socio-economic culture, are residing peacefully at 26 Blocks and 7 Municipalities of this district.
Administrative Functions has undergone a paradigm shift with the emergence of the concept of digital governance or e-governance. District is promoting a e-Governance culture during delivering different services like Issuance of Income Certificate, Domicile Certificate, Registration of Motor vehicles, Issuance of Permit, Land Records through BHUMI, Kanyashree Prakalpa, Issuance of Caste Certificates etc. Transparency and accountability acquire a priority in the government offices due to the revolution in the field of Information Technology. This website will provide information of all-important activities undertaken by all Departments and Sections of this District in a holistic manner. Notices inviting tenders, recruitment and results, important notices of different departments, circulars etc are being uploaded regularly so that the citizens can use such information without taking the pain to travel to the district headquarters for procuring the same.
I acknowledge the hard work and dedication of those associated with the collection and compilation of data for this website. I also welcome suggestions and comments for further improvement of this website from all concerned.
Shri Sharad Kumar Dwivedi, IAS
District Magistarte & Collector