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Shahjadpur Upazila


Shahjadpur Upazila (sirajganj district) area 324.47 sq km, located in between 24°04' and 24°25' north latitudes and in between 89°31' and 89°31' east longitudes. It is bounded by ullahpara and belkuchi upazilas on the north, bera and santhia upazilas on the south, chauhali upazila on the east, faridpur (pabna) and Ullahpara upazilas on the west.

Population Total 472505; male 247019, female 225486; Muslim 452929, Hindu 19472, Buddhist 24, Christian 28 and others 52.

Water bodies Main rivers: jamuna, karatoya, hurasagar, baral, Gohala; Panadaha Beel is notable.

Administration Shahjadpur Thana, now an upazila, was formed in 1845.

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

1

13

187

296

57991

414514

1456

47.4

35.5

Municipality

Area (sq km)

Ward

Mahalla

Population

Density (per sq km)

Literacy rate (%)

11.00

9

31

50698

4609

50.56

Upazila Town

Area (sq km)

Mouza

Population

Density (per sq km)

Literacy rate (%)

3.43

1

7293

2126

23.91

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

Kayempur 43

9012

20619

19715

36.80

Kaijuri 36

7115

28272

25461

29.11

Khukni 51

3561

25899

22889

40.62

Garadaha 21

4149

12650

11816

42.93

Gala 14

7521

20994

19749

27.44

Jalalpur 29

4010

8755

7893

30.38

Narnia 58

2517

10771

10071

39.22

Potajia 73

8087

15787

14204

42.77

Porjana 65

7005

24202

22218

29.79

Beltail 12

5722

18540

17064

40.59

Rupabati 80

7082

13544

12304

33.14

Habibulla Nagar 87

1902

14650

13239

40.66

Sonatani 94

7676

5431

5070

20.93

Source  Bangladesh Population Census 2001, Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics.

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Archaeological heritage and relics Mosque and tomb of Makhdum Shahdoulah (thirteenth century), revenue office of poet Rabindranath Tagore, Nabaratna Mandir (Potajia union).

Historical events Tenant movement was initiated in this upazila in 1873. The revolutionary leader Ishan Chandra Roy led the movement from his native village during the period from 1873 to 1876. Besides, the people of this upazila took part in various movements including anti British Movement, anti Pakistan Movement, language movement of 1952, mass upsurge of 1969 and the war of liberation in 1971.

Religious institutions Mosque 358, temple 53, tomb 23, sacred place 1. Noted religious institutions: Shahjadpur Jami Mosque, Badruddin Mosque, Nabaratna Mandir at Potajia.

Literacy rate and educational institutions Average literacy 36.98%; male 42.40%, female 31.06%. Educational institutions: college 13, vocational institutions 1, secondary school 48, primary school 215, community school 2, madrasa 57. Noted educational institutions: Shahjadpur Government College, Porjana Mukundanath High School (1880), Shahjadpur Pilot High School (1882), Potajia High School (1894), Sonatani High School (1905), Sthal Pakgashi institution (1864), Khassatbaria High School (1904), Jamirta High School (1900).

Newspapers and periodicals Monthly: Bibartan, Sahitya Darpan; defunct weekly: Ganabangla; weekly Mausumi.

Cultural organisations Library 5, club 127, museum 1, cinema hall 5, theatre group 11, theatre 1, jatra party 3, open stage 1, women's organisation 11.

Main sources of income Agriculture 42.73%, non-agricultural labourer 5.90%, industry 17.49%, commerce 16.03%, transport and communication 2.44%, service 4.77%, construction 0.99%, religious service 0.20%, rent and remittance 0.29% and others 9.16%.

Ownership of agricultural land Landowner 51.78%, landless 48.22%; agricultural landowner: urban 34.31% and rural 54.11%.'

Main crops Paddy, mustard, pulse, wheat, jute, sugarcane, chilli, vegetables.

Extinct or nearly extinct crops China, kaun, lentil, gram, linseed, sesame, barley, sweet potato.

Main fruits Mango, jackfruit, papaya, guava, coconut.

Fisheries, dairies and poultries Fishery 23, dairy 4788, poultry 185, artificial breeding centre 1.

Communication facilities Pucca road 86 km, semi-pucca road 16 km, mud road 685 km; waterway 77 nautical miles.

Extinct or nearly extinct traditional transport Palanquin, horse carriage, bullock cart.

Noted manufactories Cement factory, dying factory, electricity producing centre, flour and rice mill, oil mill, textile mill, ice factory, welding factory, cold storage.

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

Hats, bazars and fairs Hats and bazars are 63, fairs 7, most noted of which are Shahjadpur Bazar, Kaijuri Bazar, Mulkandi Bazar, Shibrampur Bazar, Betkandhi Bazar, Kashinathpur Bazar, Talgachhi Cattle Market, Basanti Mela, Dole Mela and Baruni Mela.

Main exports Cotton fabrics.

Access to electricity All the wards and unions of the upazila are under rural electrification net-work. However 35.13% of the dwelling households have access to electricity.

Natural resources Clams and mussels, Pearl.

Sources of drinking water Tube-well 94.55%, tap 0.51%, pond 0.22% and others 4.72%. The presence of arsenic has been detected in shallow tube-well water of the upazila.

Sanitation 13.70% (rural 10.22% and urban 39.83%) of dwelling households of the upazila use sanitary latrines and 83.27% (rural 86.86% and urban 56.31%) of dwelling households use non-sanitary latrines; 3.03% of households do not have latrine facilities.

Health centres Upazila health complex 1, health and family welfare centre 11, satellite clinic 6, child hospital 1, eye hospital 1.

Natural disasters Many people were victims of the famines of 1897 and 1943. Besides, the earthquakes of 1885 and 1897 caused heavy damages to settlements and other properties of the upazila.

NGO activities Operationally important NGOs are brac, asa, proshika, thengamara mahila sabuj sangha, Ujjiban. [AR Siddiqui]

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