Asika

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Asika
ଆସିକା
Aska
Town
Nickname(s): The Sugar City
Asika is located in Odisha
Asika
Asika
Location in Odisha, India
Coordinates: 19°36′N 84°39′E / 19.6°N 84.65°E / 19.6; 84.65Coordinates: 19°36′N 84°39′E / 19.6°N 84.65°E / 19.6; 84.65
Country  India
State Odisha
District Ganjam
Elevation 30 m (100 ft)
Population (2001)
 • Total 20,718
Languages
 • Official Oriya
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)

'Asika' is a town and a Notified Area Council in Ganjam district in the state of Odisha, India.

Geography[edit]

Asika is located at 19°36′N 84°39′E / 19.6°N 84.65°E / 19.6; 84.65.[1] It has an average elevation of 30 metres (98 feet). It is situated at 40 km from Brahmapur on South, 35 km from Bhanjanagar on the North at the confluence of Rivers Rushikulya and Badanadi. NH-59 (Gopalpur-Ahmedabad) passes through this city.

Industries[edit]

  • Asika Sugar Factory- 1st Sugar Factory established in 1824.
  • Asika Spinning Mill

Demographics[edit]

As of 2001 India census,[2] Asika had a population of 20,739 (third largest city in Ganjam dist after Brahmapur and Hinjilicut). Males constitute 52% of the population and females 48%. Asika has an average literacy rate of 72%, higher than the national average of 59.5%; with 56% of the males and 44% of females literate. 12% of the population is under 6 years of age.

History[edit]

Historical background of ASIKA relates to Sugar factory of ASIKA which is Asia's 1st Sugar Factory build by Minchin Saheb in British time. This factory has its own name. Due to this factory the Asika Town is known as Sugar City. Still in many parts of India i.e.(Tamil Nadu), people call sugar as Asika.

When one thinks of Asika Cooperative Sugar Industries Ltd., many things come to memory, its history, the pioneers in the field, the hardy local farmers, its workmen, the dedicated bureaucrats, the support it got at highest levels, the institutional infrastructure that helped, and how it overcame so with a background of its heritage of being the story of sugar in Asia and the place where Asia's 1st Sugar Factory was established in 1824.

The jaggery mill which was started in the year 1848 by the name "Asika Sugar Works and Distillery Ltd." by 'Biny and Co. Madras' which met with huge losses for lack of supervision and other transport bottlenecks. Thereafter, Fredrick Josheph Vivian Minchin, the Book Keeper of Biny & Co. purchased the said factory and with the new Sugar Technology obtained from Germany designed and rebuilt the factory in 1856.

Financial Institutions[edit]

=Bank[edit]

  • State Bank of India, Main Branch
  • State Bank of India, ADB Branch
  • Andhra Bank
  • Punjab National Bank
  • Utkal Gramya Bank
  • ICICI Bank
  • Union Bank of India
  • Indian Overseas Bank
  • Karur Vysya Bank
  • Bank Of india
  • Axis Bank

Temples[edit]

  • Khambeswari Goddess
  • Pudageswar
  • Subarneswar
  • Nilakantheswar
  • Satyanarayan
  • Karanjei Goddess
  • Balunkeswar
  • Tirupati Balaji
  • Ram Mandir
  • Hanuman Mandir
  • Maa Kali
  • Maa Kalimukhi
  • Narshinha

Education[edit]

School[edit]

  • Kendriya Vidyalaya, Asika
  • Saraswati Shishu Vidya Mandir, Asika
  • Harihar High School, Asika
  • NAC High School, Asika
  • Mac Mickle Sanskrit vidyalaya, Asika
  • Govt Tech High School, Asika
  • Govt Girls High School, Asika
  • Aryan Public School, Aska
  • DePaul School,Asika
  • Mom School of Excellency, Asika
  • Saraswati Shishu Vidya Mandir, Asika
  • A.S.I High school Nuagam, ASKA

College[edit]

  • Asika Science College, Asika
  • Binayak Acharya College, Asika
  • Niranjan Women's College, Asika
  • Mac Mickle Sanskrit College, Asika

Politics[edit]

Current MLA from Asika Assembly Constituency is Debaraj Mohanty of BJD. Previous MLAs from this seat were Saroj Kumar Padhy, who won the seat as an independent candidate in State elections of 2004, Debaraj Mohanty of BJD who won this seat in 2000, Usharani Panda of INC in 1995, Duti Krushna Panda of CPI in 1990, Raghaba Parida who won representing INC in 1985 and as a candidate of INC(I) in 1980, and Harihar Swain of JNP in 1977.[3]

Asika is part of Aska (Lok Sabha constituency).[4]

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