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Ishwarganj Upazila


Ishwarganj Upazila (mymensingh district) area 286.19 sq km, located in between 24°33' and 24°44' north latitudes and in between 90°28' and 90°46' east longitudes. It is bounded by gauripur upazila on the north, nandail upazila on the south, kendua upazila on the east, mymensingh sadar and trishal upazilas on the west.

Population Total 338080; male 172952, female 165128; Muslim 325983, Hindu 11916 and others 178.

Water bodies Main rivers: old brahmaputra, Mogha, Soai and Kanchamatia; Kaila, Sinni, Digha, Katla, Dalia and Daliar beels are notable.

Administration Ishwarganj Thana was formed in 1936 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


11


293


291


30948


307132


1181


51.0


33.5

Municipality

Area
(sq km)


Ward


Mahalla


Population


Density
(per sq km)


Literacy rate (%)


12.48


9


13


24991


-


51.95

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

Atharabari 11


5463


15475


14847


36.24


Ishwarganj 40


6719


10484


9700


38.35


Uchakhila 94


6658


14035


13117


28.60


Jatia 45


5849


14430


14256


35.34


Tarundia 90


6749


14416


14073


33.13


Barahit 13


6061


14383


13666


30.95


Magtala 63


5990


15687


15235


34.65


Maijbagh 54


7343


18620


17874


35.87


Rajibpur 67


8738


16933


16179


30.22


Sarisha 76


5321


12617


12401


35.91


Sohagi 85


5230


12525


12136


32.79

|} Source  Bangladesh Population Census 2001, Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics.

Archaeological heritage and relics Bhulsoma Jami Mosque (1600), Naluapara Jami Mosque (1625).

History of the War of Liberation 'An encounter was held between the freedom fighters and the Pak army on 16 October 1971 in which six freedom fighters were killed. Ishwarganj was liberated on 9 December 1971.

Religious institutions Mosque 343, temple 18. Noted religious institutions: Bushsoma Mosque (1600), Naluapara Jami Mosque (1625).'

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Literacy rate and educational institutions Average literacy 35.2%; male 38.7%, female 31.5%. Educational institutions: college 5, secondary school 26, primary school 145, madrasa 106. Noted educational institutions: Ishwarganj Degree College (1968), Alinagar Technical and Commerce College (1999), Ishwarganj Girls' School and Mahila College (1919), Atharabari Mahim Chandra High School (1910) Bishwari High School (1916), Charanikala High School (1913), Barahit High School (1909), Jatia High School (1910), Sohagi Union High School (1955), Maijbagh Pachhpara High School (1963), Sakhua Adarsha Biddyaniketan (1990), Uchakhila High School, Madhupur High School.

Newspapers and periodicals Ankur, Uttaran, Prachtuti, Kalnath, Bornamala, Ishwarganj Barta, Kanchamatia, Bikiran.

Cultural organisations Library 1, club 21, cinema hall 2, playground 15.

Main sources of income Agriculture 70.52%, non-agricultural labourer 3.38%, industry 0.41%, commerce 10.22%, transport and communication 2.90%, service 3.84%, construction 0.87%, religious service 0.32%, rent and remittance 0.18% and others 7.36%.

Ownership of agricultural land Landowner 64.42%, landless 35.58%; agricultural landowner: urban 53.87% and rural 65.42%.

Main crops Paddy, jute, wheat, potato, karalla, patal, mustard, chilli, betel leaf, sugarcane.

Extinct or nearly extinct crops Biroi paddy, khesari, kalai.

Main fruits Mango, black berry, jackfruit, litchi, banana, coconut, palm, shaddock.

Fisheries, dairies and poultries Fishery 41, dairy 19, poultry 43.'

Communication facilities Pucca road 98 km, mud road 574 km; railway 17 km; railway station 3.

Extinct or nearly extinct traditional transport Palanquin, bullock cart, horse carriage, Bhura (Bhela).

Noted manufactories Welding factory.

Cottage industries Weaving, blacksmith, potteries, bamboo work, wood work.

Hats, bazars and fairs Hats and bazars are 30, most noted of which are Ishwarganj Hat, Uchakhila Hat, Lakshmiganj Hat, Sohagi Hat, Madhupur Hat, Atharabari Hat, Katia Hat, Kumaruli Hat, Maijbagh Hat, Sutia Hat, Ghalbasa Hat; Zhulun Mela is notable.

Main exports Paddy, jute, wheat, potato, banana.

Access to electricity All the wards and unions of the upazila are under rural electrification net-work. However 11.52% of the dwellings have access to electricity.'

Sources of drinking water Tube-well 92.11%, tap 0.32%, pond 1.90% and others 5.67%. The presence of arsenic, in an intolerable level, has been detected in the shallow tube-well water of the upazila.

Sanitation 14.91% (urban 36% and rural 12.90%) of dwelling households of the upazila use sanitary latrines and 52.30% (urban 41.41% and rural 53.34%) of dwelling households use non-sanitary latrines; 32.79% of households do not have latrine facilities.

Health centres Upazila health complex 1, family planning centre 6, satellite clinic 9, community clinic 52, charitable hospital 3.

NGO activities brac, asa, caritas, Rural and Urban Poverty Alleviation Society. [Md. Azizur Rahman Bhuiyan]

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