One may wonder as to why Minorities’ Commissions (National or State) have been constituted when ample safeguards are provided by Indian Constitution to all Citizen irrespective of religion, caste, creed, race, ethnicity, culture, belief etc.
True, but there is a need in our society for such Commission because there are too many instances where Minorities’ rights are being infringed or they are discriminated explicitly or implicitly on the basis of religion, caste, race, ethnicity, culture, etc. all over the world every day.
This is the reason that U.N. General Assembly on 18th December, 1992 by resolution no. 47/135 declared that –
• Persons belonging to national or ethnic, religious and linguistic Minorities proclaiming inter-alia that “State shall protect the existence of National or Ethnic, Cultural, Religious and Linguistic identity of Minorities within their respective territories and encourage conditions for the promotion of their identity”.
The National Commission for Minorities was constituted in the same year.
On subsequent direction from Government of India to States, West Bengal Minorities’ Commission was constituted in 1996 through a memorandum no. 84- P.M. dt.14/07/1994 by enactment of ‘West Bengal Minorities’ Commission Act 1996’.
There are Chairman, Vice-Chairperson and 9 other members in the Commission.
Out of 9 members, 6 members will be from each religious community, 1 from woman and the rest 2 are ex-officio members – a) Member Secretary, West Bengal Minorities’ Commission and b) Secretary, Minority Affairs & Madrasah Education Department
The tenure of membership is 3 years.
Staff, recruited here, are permanent and designated as State Govt. Employees.

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Major Functions

Evaluates the progress of the development of Minorities of West Bengal and review implementation of the policies and programme of the State Government.

Monitors the working of the safeguards provided to the Minorities in the Constitution and in laws enacted by Parliament or the State Government.

Makes recommendations for effective enforcement and implementation of safeguards for the protection of the interests of minorities provided by the Central Government or the State Government.

Looks into specific complaints regarding deprivation of social, economic, educational, cultural and linguistic rights and safeguards of the Minorities’ and take up such matters with the appropriate authorities.

Recommends to the State Government to accord minority status to religious, linguistic and ethnic groups, provided such groups do not enjoy any constitutional or statutory benefits or status.

Causes studies to be undertaken into problems arising out of any discrimination against Minorities and recommends measures for their removal.

Conducts studies, research and analysis on the issues relating to socio-economic and educational development of minorities.

Makes Annual Report and submits to the State Government on any matter pertaining to any of the functions of the Commission.

The Commission has the power of a civil court trying a suit while performing the functions under sub-section (1) of West Bengal Minorities' Commission Act, 1996.

The Commission shall, while investigating or enquiring into any complaints regarding violation or infringement of any rights of the Minority as guaranteed by the Constitution or as conferred by or under any Central Act or State Act, shall have all the powers of a civil court trying a suit under the Code of Civil Procedure, 1908, and in particular, in respect of the following matters:-

Summoning and enforcing the attendance of any person from any part of India, and examining him on oath,

Requiring the discovery and production of any document,

Receiving evidence on affidavits,

Requisitioning any public record or copy thereof from any court or office, and

Issuing commissions for the examination of witness and documents any other matter which may be prescribed.

Our Schemes

No Schemes Under This Organisation

Our Achievements

Complaints: –
Year Complaints received Complaints Redressed Remarks
2016-17 234 234
2017-18 186 186
2018-19 160 142 18 under investigation

Study Visits:-
Year Study Visit
2016-17 21
2017-18 23
2018-19 23

Year Study Visit
2016-17 6
2017-18 11
2018-19 13

Contact Us

West Bengal Minorities’ Commission,
‘Khadya Bhawan’, Block A, Ground Floor,
11A, Mirza Ghalib Street,
Kolkata- 700 087
Phone No.:- 033 2252 0393,
033 2252 0394,
Fax:- 033 2252 0399



Shri Shakeel Ahmed

033 22520393/94


U.D. Assistant

Souparna Biswas U.D. Assistant