Char Rajibpur Upazila

Char Rajibpur Upazila (kurigram district) area 111.03 sq km, located in between 25°23 and 25°31 north latitudes and in between 89°44 and 89°54 east longitudes. It is bounded by raumari and chilmari upazilas and brahmaputra river on the north, dewanganj and gaibandha sadar upazilas and Brahmaputra river on the south, assam state of India on the east, sundarganj upazila and Brahmaputra river on the west.

Population Total 73373; male 35372, female 38001; Muslim 72979, Hindu 381 and others 13.

Water bodies Main rivers: brahmaputra , Halhali and Jinjiram.

Administration Char Rajibpur Thana was formed in 1977 and it was turned into an upazila on 1 August 1983.

Municipality Union Mouza Village Population Density (per sq km) Literacy rate (%)
Urban Rural Urban Rural
- 3 26 99 14697 58676 661 42.0 35.1
Upazila Town

(sq km)



(per sq km)

Literacy rate

9.13 1 14697 1610 42.0
Name of union and GO code Area (acre) Population Literacy rate (%)
Male Female
Kodailkati 57 6199 7029 7674 36.7
Char Rajibpur 19 7739 16845 17678 36.8
Mohanganj 76 13499 11498 12649 36.0

Source Bangladesh Population Census 2011, Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics.

War of Liberation During the War of Liberation, a direct encounter was held between the Freedom Fighters and the Pak army at Kodalkati Union in which several Pak soldiers were killed and 11 freedom were martyred fighters. The Pak army killed 40 persons at village Sankar Madhabpur of this union.

For details: see রাজিপুর উপজেলা, বাংলাদেশ মুক্তিযুদ্ধ জ্ঞানকোষ (Encyclopedia of Bangladesh War of Liberation), বাংলাদেশ এশিয়াটিক সোসাইটি, ঢাকা ২০২০, খণ্ড ৯।

Religious institutions Mosque 110.

Literacy rate and educational institutions Average literacy 36.5%; male 39.4%, female 33.9%. Educational institutions: college 2, secondary school 9, primary school 75, madrasa 5. Noted educational institutions: Char Rajibpur Degree College (1987), Char Rajibpur Pilot High School (1964), Kodailkati Sadakat Hossain High School (1973), Char Rajibpur Model Government Primary School (1928), Char Rajibpur Alim Madrasa (1963), Nayar Char Fazil Madrasa (1975).

Cultural organisations Club 7, library 1, cinema hall 2.

Amusement centre Behular Char.

Main sources of income Agriculture 77.76%, non-agricultural labourer 2.36%, industry 0.51%, commerce 7.36%, transport and communication 1.07%, service 3.34%, construction 0.47%, religious service 0.11%, rent and remittance 0.09% and others 6.93%.

Ownership of agricultural land Landowner 58.17%, landless 41.83%; agricultural landowner: urban 57.49% and rural 58.33%.

Main crops Paddy, jute, mustard, black gram, nut, china, kaun.

Extinct or nearly extinct crops Aush paddy, arahar.

Main fruits Mango, jackfruit, betel nut, blackberry, banana, watermelon.

Fisheries, dairies and poultries This upazila has a number of dairies and poultries.

Communication facilities Roads: pucca 25.1 km, semi-pucca 2 km, mud road 195.17 km; waterway 35 km.

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

Noted manufactories Rice mill, flour mill, welding factory.

Cottage industries Jute industry, bamboo work, nakshi kantha.

Hats, bazars and fairs Hats and bazars are 5, most noted of which are Rajibpur Hat and Baishakhi Mela and Paus Mela.

Main exports Paddy, jute, molasses, peanut.

Access to electricity All the unions of the upazila are under rural electrification net-work. However 15.2% of the dwelling households have access to electricity.

Sources of drinking water Tube-well 97.6% and others 2.4%.

Sanitation 69.6% of dwelling households of the upazila use sanitary latrines and 23.9% of dwelling households use non-sanitary latrines; 6.5% of households do not have latrine facilities.

Health centres Upazila health complex 1.

Natural disasters The famines of 1943 and 1957, and the cyclone of 1960 caused huge loss of life and damages to settlements and properties of the upazila.

NGO activities Operationally important NGOs are brac, asa, rangpur dinajpur rural service and Human Resource Development Organisation. [Md Kamal Hossain]

References Bangladesh Population Census 2001 and 2011, Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics; Cultural survey report of Char Rajibpur Upazila 2007.