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Govt. of West Bengal

Department of Women & Child Development and Social Welfare

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About the Office of The Controller for Vagrancy

The Vagrancy Directorate is engaged in the implementation of the THE BENGAL VAGRANCY ACT 1943 and Eradication & Control of Juvenile Beggary and Vagrancy. Under the Bengal Vagrancy Act, 1943 this Directorate runs and administers 10 Vagrants' Homes where at present 1104 vagrants are staying.

Vocational Training is imparted to the Vagrants with the objective of mainstreaming them in the Sciety and making them self independent with attachment to some income generation activities.

Apart from this, Social Security Pensions for Kolkata and adjoining areas, Open Shelter Scheme under ICPS, Scheme for Shelter for Urban Homeless and Implementation of Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizen Act, 2007 are also looked after by the Controller of Vagrancy, West Bengal having his office at Purta Bhawan, Ground Floor, Salt Lake, Kolkata -700091.

Click Here Organogram for office of The Controler for Vagrancy

Schemes & Services
  • Homes for Vagrants under The Bengal Vagrancy Act 1943

    This Directorate runs 10 Vagrants' Homes where 1104 Vagrants are staying at present. These Homes are providing the following services to the Vagrant inmates.

    • Maintenance (Food, Lodging & Clothing)
    • Vocational Training on different Trades (Printing , Black Smith, Weaving , Book-binding, Tailoring , Carpentry , Soft-toy making and others)
    • Clinical & Para-Medical Care
    • Recreation (Outing, Fairs & Sports Activities)

    List of Vagrants' Homes in West Bengal with contact details

  • Eradication & Control of Juvenile Beggary & Vagrancy

    This is a fully State sponsored scheme. Children in the age group of 8 to 14 are the beneficiaries; children are trained in different vocational trades like Pottery, Printing, Leather, Carpentry, Book-Binding, and Tailoring & Glaze Pottery to prevent them to take up Beggary for self-sustenance & to make them self-dependent. Each beneficiary gets tiffin and stipend per day. Six Units are running under this scheme.

  • Beggary Prevention Scheme

    Vocational Training is imparted to the Vagrants staying in different Vagrant Homes to make them self-dependent. There are trained in various trades like Printing , Tailoring, Carpentry, Leather work and Glazed Pottery to prevent them from taking up Beggary as a profession and to re-integrate them with the Society.

  • Scheme for Urban Shelters for the Homeless

    This is fully State Sponsored Scheme. The objective of this scheme is to give shelter to the homeless people, of a city or town covered under JNNURM with the population of 5 lakh or more, to live life with dignity. In 2011-12, the scheme had been launched in Kolkata, Howrah and Asansol Municipal Corporations areas. From 2011-12 to 2015-16 this Department has already succeeded to sanction 45 Shelters.

    More details for Urban Shelter Scheme

    List of Urban Shelter contact details

  • Social Security Schemes - Kolkata & Adjoining Areas only

    Old Age Pension -

    The Vagrancy Directorate maintains and distributes 1734 Old Age Pension under Departmental quota for the State and 7759 Old Age Pension for KMC area and Kamarhati, Baranagar, Dum Dum, North Dum Dum, South Dum Dum & Bidhannagar Municipal areas.

    Widow Pension -

    The Vagrancy Directorate maintains and distributes 2399 Widow Pension under Departmental quota for the State and 6813 Widow Pension for KMC area and Kamarhati, Baranagar, Dum Dum, North Dum Dum, South Dum Dum & Bidhannagar Municipal areas.

    Disability Pension -

    The Vagrancy Directorate maintains and distributes 2661 Disability Pension under Departmental quota for the State and 3139 Disability Pension for KMC area and Kamarhati, Baranagar, Dum Dum, North Dum Dum, South Dum Dum & Bidhannagar Municipal areas.

    More details for click here this link wbswpension.gov.in

  • Open Shelters under Integrated Child Protection Services Scheme

    This is a Centrally Sponsored Scheme. Pursuant to the introduction of ICPS in 2009 - 10, the Street Children programme was revamped as ‘Open Shelter’ and merged into ICPS. Accordingly, Street Children programme ended on 31.03.2011 and State migrated from Street Children programme to Open Shelter component of ICPS in the beginning of 2011 - 12 fiscal year which would function as 24-hour Crisis Management Centre to receive and provide necessary assistance to all children in need of care & protection in age group of 6 to 18 years, particularly homeless, pavement dwellers, Child beggars, street and working children, rag pickers, small venders, orphan, deserted, trafficked, drug addict, irrespective of caste creed and religion. The Department has succeeded to sanction and run 26 Open Shelters.

Contacts and Designation Details of the officer

Designation of Officer Name Phone No.
Controller of Vagrancy, West Bengal Shri Biswanath Chakraborty, WBCS (Exe) (033) 2334-4522 , cvwestbengal@gmail.com
Manager, Headquarters Sri Mihir Kumar Saha (033) 2337-0762
Assistant Manager, Headquarters Vacant (033) 2337-0762
Chief Organiser, Eradication & Control of Juvenile Beggary & Vagrancy Sri Dibyendu Chottopadhayay (033) 2334-8302

Our Events

Date Activities & Events View Details
22.08.2017 Review meeting on functioning of Open Shelter
09.08.2017 Review Meeting on Functioning of Shelter for Urban Homeless with officials and different stakeholders
28.06.2017 Orientation and training programme for Staff, NGO personnel and Government Officials for Shelter for Urban Homeless Scheme
26.05.2017 Orientation and training programme of Open Shelter Staff, NGO personnel and Government Officials
24.05.2017 Orientation of the Managers of 10 Vagrants’ Home, on different issues related to Administration and smooth running of Homes
22.02.2017 Training programme of staff and case workers of six children unit of Eradication & Control of Juvenile Beggary and Vagrancy Scheme under Controller of Vegrancy, West Bengal
18.01.2017 Quarterly review meeting on functioning of Shelter for Urban Homeless was held on 18th -19th January 2017 at Purta Bhawan
17.01.2017 Quarterly review meeting on functioning of Open Shelter was held on 17th January 2017 at Purta Bhawan.
16.12.2016 Annual Sports around 600 children participated in 25 sporting events throughout the day.
26.10.2016 Patha Sishu – O – Bhabaghure Mela, West Bengal 2016 (Street Children & Vagrants’ Fair, West Bengal 2016)
26.07.2016 Orientation Programme of NGO Personnel and Staffs implementing the Scheme of Shelter for Urban Homeless
27.06.2016 Orientation Programme of the Managers & the Assistant Managers of Vagrant Homes of West Bengal
14.03.2016 Orientation Programme of the Staff and NGO personnel related to implementation of Open Shelters under ICPS
17.02.2016 Training Programme of Staff & Workers related to ‘Eradication & Control of Juvenile Beggary and Vagrancy’ Scheme in West Bengal on 17th February 2016

Contact Us


Office of The Controller for Vagrancy, Govt. of West Bengal

Address : Purta Bhaban Ground Floor

Pin Code : 700091

Phone No : +91- 033-23370762

E-mail ID : cvwestbengal@gmail.com