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Legislation, in the present times, is the primary source of law and in this context, the importance of legislative drafting can hardly be over-emphasized. This task was assigned to the erstwhile Legislative Department of the Government of West Bengal. Law Department as established on 01.03.1958 after amalgamation of Legislative and Judicial Department which were again bifurcated in 1963 with Departments - Judicial and Legislative. In terms of memo No. 175-L, dated 9.2.1988, of this Department, the Legislative Department has been renamed as the Law Department with effect from the 1st March, 1988 with two branches, namely Legislative Branch and Official Language Branch, which also has two wings, viz. Official Language Branch - Bengali and Official Language Branch - Nepali. It is without doubt that governance by law is the best method to administer and regulate the development of modern society in whatsoever ramifications. Any proposal to govern is a myth if not backed by proper rules to govern the situations and circumstances. The Law Department is entrusted with the drafting, settlement and publication of Bills and Acts, and the settlement of statutory notifications, rules and by-laws of the various administrative Departments of the Government of West Bengal. This Department is also entrusted with the translation into Bengali and Nepali, the Constitution of India, various Central Acts, State Acts and Rules.


Sri Moloy Ghatak

Writers' Building, Kolkata-700001
& Nabanna, 6th Floor,
325, Sarat Chatterjee Road,
Mandirtala, Shibpur, Howrah - 711102
Phone: 2253-5395, 2253-5176
Fax: 2214-3010, 2214-4036

Principal Secretary

Sri Pradip Kumar Panja, WBJS

Address: Writers' Building,
Main block,1st Floor,
Kolkata-700 001
Phone: 2214-3173,4458(Extn)
Fax: 2214-4288

Nodal Officer

Smt. Uma Ghosh Dastidar, WBSS, Joint Secretary

Address: Writers' Building, G Block, 4th Floor, Kolkata-700001

Last updated on: Sunday, 31 December 2023
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