Arindam Banerjee

varinder komal

Placed at:   Paschim Mednipore, West Bengal

Education: BA (Honours ) Comparative Literature and
Diploma in Multimedia and Animation, Jadavpur University Kolkata. MA (Media and Cultural Studies) Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai

Prior work experience:

  • Arindam Banerjee has worked in the areas journalism, communications, research, project management and consultation. He has also been a correspondent with The Indian Express and written on the Maoist conflict, development issues, insurgency and football culture. He has also been an audio-visual coordinator for a University Grants Commission project

One key work during fellowship

  • Lalgarh area in West Medinipur was the epicentre of the Maoist conflict in 2008- 2012
    Livelihood opportunities were scarce and income of Rs 1200- 2000/ month

What was done:

  • Extensive field visits to document the existing best practices in the
    Need assessment for 40 SHGs and 400 families were conducted and mapped with available natural resources in GIS platform.
    Intensive training sessions for SHGs


  • 15 SHG sub- clusters, 2 GP Clusters and 1 federation formed in Lalgarh. 2 Bio – Organic Villages developed by SHG women with a local CSO & Agriculture and Horticulture Department
    38 SHGs’ received credit linkage of Rs 1 lakh, timely repayment being done
    45 SHGs’ scaling up sal leaves plate making. Projected income- Rs40000/ SHG/month in both these areas within the next 6-8 months. .