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Bakerganj Upazila


Bakerganj Upazila (barisal district) area 41.99 sq km, located in between 22°27' and 22°40' north latitudes and in between 90°12' and 90°33' east longitudes. It is bounded by nalchity and barisal sadar upazilas on the north, mirzaganj, dumki and bauphal upazilas on the south, Bauphal and bhola sadar upazilas on the east, Nalchity, betagi and rajapur upazilas on the west.

Population Total 353909; male 174076, female 179833; Muslim 316444, Hindu 36275, Buddhist 1122, Christian 14 and others 54.

Water bodies Main rivers: tentulia, Barisal, Khairabad, Pando, Pandab, Char Amaddi, Bishkhali, Rangamatia, Karkhana.

Administration Bakerganj Thana was formed in 1874 and it was turned into an upazila in 1983.


Upazila
Municipality Union Mouza Village Population Density (per sq km) Literacy rate (%)
Urban Rural Urban Rural

1

14

151

190

19748

334161

857

66.6

58.9

Municipality

Area
(sq km)

Ward

Mahalla

Population

Density
(per sq km)

Literacy rate
(%)

6.22

09

17

15176

2440

67.96

Upazila Town

Area
(sq km)

Mouza

Population

Density
(per sq km)

Literacy rate
(%)

7.79

2

4572

587

62.32

Union
Name of union and GO code Area (acre) Population Literacy rate (%)
Male Female

Kalaskati 67

6087

12949

13171

65.27

Kabai 61

7398

11967

12277

55.53

Garuria 54

8166

13726

14784

59.89

Charadi 13

7069

10383

10823

57.85

Char Amaddi 20

6107

9792

10089

53.35

Darial 27

9048

14624

14895

53.82

Dudhal 33

7779

12795

13501

61.18

Durga Pasha 40

5864

7736

7753

55.95

Nalua 74

3806

6562

6964

60.89

Niamati 81

7393

14867

14869

60.63

Padri Shibpur 88

7512

13638

14526

58.20

Faridpur 47

5763

9179

9442

55.50

Bangasree 94

10036

17902

18327

60.55

Bharpasha 12

6685

10233

10959

63.25

Source Bangladesh Population Census 2001,Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics.

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Archaeological heritage and relics Mehendiganj Jami Mosque (Mughal period), Jagaddhatri Puja Mandir (10th century),' Gandhi Ashram, Ram Krishna Ashram.

History of the War of Liberation During the war of liberation the Pak army killed 181 freedom fighters at a place near the Kalaskati market. Besides, the Pak army conducted mass killing and plundering; they also set many households of the upazila on fire.

Marks of War of Liberation Memorial sculpture 1.

Religious institutions Mosque 869, temple 121, church 1, tomb 2. Noted religious institutions: Bakerganj Bandar Jami Mosque, Sialghuni Mosque, Mehendiganj Jami Mosque, Nasrat Gazi Mosque, Niamati Bibichini Mosque, Gobindapur Hariram Samkirtan Mandir, Ramkrishna Mission and Christian Church at Padri Shibpur, Mazar and Dargah of Baro Aoulia.

Literacy rate and educational institutions Average literacy 59.3%; male 61.6%, female 57.1%. Educational institutions: college 7, secondary school 66, primary school 234, madrasa 72. Noted educational institutions: Badal Para Secondary School and College (1924), Bakerganj JSU High School (1909), Char Amaddi WK Secondary School (1924), Kamarkhali KSU Secondary School (1926), DGL Secondary School (1927), Kakdhara AKM Institution (1923), Dudhal Islamia Fazil Madrasa (1921).

Newspapers and periodicals Saptakash, Darpan.

Cultural organisations Library 7, club 60, women organisation 5, theatre group 4, cinema hall 3, playground 32.

Main sources of income Agriculture 42%, non-agricultural labourer 5.76%, industry 1.04%, commerce 17.65%, transport and communication 1.67%, service 15.24%, construction 2.27%, religious service 0.24%, rent and remittance 2.65% and others 11.48%.

Ownership of agricultural land Landowner 69.63%, landless 30.37%; agricultural landowner: urban 57.8% and rural 70.29%.

Main crops Paddy, wheat, jute, mustard, potato, betel leaf.

Extinct or nearly extinct crops Pulse, kaun, linseed, arahar.

Main fruits Mango, jackfruit, banana, litchi, blackberry, betel nut, papaya, coconut.

Fisheries, dairies and poultries Fishery 487, dairy 20, poultry 20, hatchery 3.

Communication facilities Pucca road 26 km, semi-pucca road 69 km, mud road 700 km; waterway 69 nautical miles.

Extinct or nearly extinct traditional transport Palanquin.

Noted manufactories Flour mill 1, saw mill 50, rice mill 75, ice factory 2, welding 12, brick field 28.

Cottage industries Blacksmith 72, weaving, 15, potteries, 97, bamboo work 176.

Hats, bazars and fairs Kalaskati, Boalia, Kaliganj, Kamarkhali, Niamati and Chamta hats and Rather Mela, Ramkrisna Mission Mela and' Padri Shibpur Mela are notable.

Main exports Betel leaf, banana, betel nut.

Access to electricity All the wards and unions of the upazila are under rural electrification net-work. However 24.84% (urban 46.38% and rural 23.63%) of the dwelling households have access to electricity.

Sources of drinking water Tube-well 90.13%, pond 7.75% and others 2.07%.

Sanitation 43.41% (rural 41.98% and urban 68.88%) of dwelling households of the upazila use sanitary latrines and 51.17% of dwelling households use non-sanitary latrines; 5.42% of households do not have latrine facilities.

Health centres Hospital 1, family planning centre 7, satellite centre 7.

Natural Disasters' Famine occurred in 1906 due to damage of crops attacked by Pamri Poka (infectious insects).'

NGO activities Operationally important NGOs are CARE, brac, caritas, asa, proshika. [Md. Mijanur Rahman]

References Bangladesh Population Census 2001, Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics; Cultural survey report of Bakerganj Upazila 2007.