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Naria Upazila


Naria Upazila (shariatpur district) area 240.02 sq km, located in between 23°14' and 23°25' north latitudes and in between 90°18' and 90°30' east longitudes. It is bounded by zanjira, lohajang and tongibari upazilas on the north, shariatpur sadar and bhedarganj upazilas on the south, Bhedarganj and munshiganj sadar upazilas on the east, Zanjira upazila on the west.

Population Total 225536; male 111437, female 114099; Muslim 213383, Hindu 12101, Buddhist 24 and others 28.

Water bodies Main rivers: padma, Palong; Naria canal is notable.

Administration Naria Thana was formed in 1930 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

146

187

20058

205478

940

52.2

40.2

Municipality

Area (sq km)

Ward

Mahalla

Population

Density (per sq km)

Literacy rate (%)

9.49

9

34

20058

2114

52.20

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

Kedarpur 63

2453

7958

8466

43.90

Gharisar 50

6527

12179

12180

39.05

Char Atra 31

4970

4111

3828

23.14

Chamta 25

2566

6598

7010

40.08

Japsa 56

2713

7283

6995

39.30

Dinga Manik 37

3542

10039

10878

51.28

Nasasan 82

2081

4937

4671

33.45

Noapara 88

11044

6235

6029

15.42

Fateh Jangapur 44

3950

5915

6501

48.13

Bijhari 18

3188

6656

7269

45.18

Bhumkhara 12

2721

7170

7748

44.97

Bhojeshwar 11

2708

8112

8382

51.72

Muktarer Char 69

3737

7104

7230

31.14

Rajnagar 94

3370

736

6630

33.29

Source Bangladesh Population Census 2001, Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics.

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History of the War of Liberation In 1971 many youths of this upazila joined the war of liberation having arms training from India. During this period the freedom fighters raided the Naria Police Station and captured arms and ammunitions. The Pak army sacked and set many settlements of the upazila on fire. Freedom Fighter Abdul Hamid Sardar of Bhojeshwar union of the upazila was killed in an encounter with the Pak army.

Marks of the War of Liberation Martyrs' Memorial 1.

Religious institutions Mosque 575, temple 34, tomb 3, math 1, ashram 2, sacred place 2.

Literacy rate and educational institutions Average literacy 41.3%; male 44.0%, female 38.8%. Noted educational institutions: Naria Biharilal High School (1919), Pancha Palli GR High School (1927), Bijhari Upashi Tara Prasanna High School (1898), Kartikpur High School (1899), Lansing High School (1899), Mulfatganj Madrasa, Ahmed Nagar Madrasa.

Cultural organisations Library 3, club 15, music academy 1, shishu academy 1, shilpakala academy 1, theatre stage 1, cinema hall 3,' women organisation 4, playground 27.

Main sources of income Agriculture 47.63%, non-agricultural labourer 2.47%, industry 1.44%, commerce 20.23%, transport and communication 3.25%, service 7.59%, construction 1.23%, religious service 0.29%, rent and remittance 6.73% and others 9.14%.

Ownership of agricultural land Landowner 57.04%, landless 42.96%; agricultural landowner: urban 39.68% and rural 58.76%.

Main crops Paddy, jute, wheat, chilli, garlic, onion, coriander.

Extinct or nearly extinct crops Kaun, sesame, china.

Main fruits Mango, jackfruit, blackberry, date, plum.

Fisheries, dairies and poultries Fishery 6, poultry 50.

Communication facilities Pucca road 148 km, semi-pucca road 22 km, mud road 407 km; waterway 3 nautical miles.

Extinct or nearly extinct traditional transport Palanquin.

Noted manufactories Rice mill, ice factory, bidi factory, welding factory.

Cottage industries Goldsmith, blacksmith, potteries, weaving, wood work, tailoring.

Hats, bazars and fairs Hats and bazars are 22, fairs 8, most noted of which are Bhojeshwar Hat, Gharisar Hat, Mulfatganj Hat, WAPDA Hat.

Main exports Jute, hilsha fish, onion, garlic.

Access to electricity All the wards and unions of the upazila are under rural electrification net-work. However 18.99% of the dwelling households have access to electricity.

Sources of drinking water Tube-well 91.31%, tap 0.53%, pond 3.09% and others 5.07%. The presence of' arsenic has been detected in shallow tube-well water of the upazila.

Sanitation 51.68% (rural 16.43% and urban 85.67%) of dwelling households of the upazila use sanitary latrines and 41.37% (rural 9.12% and urban 44.56%) of dwelling households use non-sanitary latrines; 6.95% of households do not have latrine facilities.

Health centres Upazila health complex 1, union health and family welfare centre 14, charitable hospital 4, family planning centre 9, community clinic 11, child and maternity 1.

NGO activities Operationally important NGOs are brac, proshika, asa, Naria Unnayan Samity, Madaripur Legal Aid Association. [Motiur Rahman]

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