Barjora (community development block)

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Barjora
Community development bloc
Barjora is located in West Bengal
Barjora
Barjora
Location in West Bengal, India
Coordinates: 23°26′N 87°17′E / 23.43°N 87.28°E / 23.43; 87.28Coordinates: 23°26′N 87°17′E / 23.43°N 87.28°E / 23.43; 87.28
Country  India
State West Bengal
District Bankura
Area
 • Total 393.23 km2 (151.83 sq mi)
Elevation 71 m (233 ft)
Population (2011)
 • Total 202,049
 • Density 510/km2 (1,300/sq mi)
Languages
 • Official Bengali, English
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 722202 (Barjora)
722203 (Beliatore)
722208 (Pakhanna)
722168 (Ghutgoria)
722142 (Maliara)
Telephone/STD code 03243
ISO 3166 code IN-WB
Vehicle registration WB-67, WB=68
Literacy 71.67%
Lok Sabha constituency Bishnupur
Vidhan Sabha constituency Barjora
Website bankura.gov.in

Barjora is a community development block that forms an administrative division in Bankura Sadar subdivision of Bankura district in the Indian state of West Bengal.

History[edit]

From Bishnupur kingdom to the British Raj[edit]

From around the 7th century AD till around the advent of British rule, for around a millennium, history of Bankura district is identical with the rise and fall of the Hindu Rajas of Bishnupur. The Bishnupur Rajas, who were at the summit of their fortunes towards the end of the 17th century, started declining in the first half of the 18th century. First, the Maharaja of Burdwan seized the Fatehpur Mahal, and then the Maratha invasions laid waste their country.[1]

Bishnupur was ceded to the British with the rest of Burdwan chakla in 1760. In 1787, Bishnupur was united with Birbhum to form a separate administrative unit. In 1793 it was transferred to the Burdwan collectorate. In 1879, the district acquired its present shape with the thanas of Khatra and Raipur and the outpost of Simplapal being transferred from Manbhum, and the thanas of Sonamukhi, Kotulpur and Indas being retransferred from Burdwan. However, it was known for sometime as West Burdwan and in 1881 came to be known as Bankura district.[1]

Geography[edit]

Barjora is located at 23°26′N 87°17′E / 23.43°N 87.28°E / 23.43; 87.28.

Barjora CD Block is located in the northern part of the district. It belongs to the uneven lands/ hard ring rock area. The soil is laterite red and hard beds are covered with scrub jungle and sal wood. There are coal mines in Saltora, Mejia and Barjora.[2]

Barjora CD Block is bounded by Faridpur-Durgapur CD Block, in Bardhaman district across the Damodar, on the north, Sonamukhi CD Block on the east, Onda and Bankura II CD Blocks on the south and Gangajalghati and Mejia CD Blocks on the west.[3][4]

It is located 36 km from Bankura, the district headquarters.[3]

Barjora CD Block has an area of 393.23 km2. It has 1 panchayat samity, 11 gram panchayats, 157 gram sansads (village councils), 199 mouzas, 182 inhabited villages and 3 census towns. Barjora and Beliatore police stations serve this block.[5] Headquarters of this CD Block is at Barjora.[6]

Gram panchayats of Barjora block/ panchayat samiti are: Barjora, Beliatore, Brindabanpur, Chhandar, Ghutghoria, Godardihi, Hat Asuria, Khanrari, Maliara, Pakhanna and Sharjora.[7]

Demographics[edit]

Population[edit]

As per the 2011 Census of India Barjora CD Block had a total population of 202,049, of which 176,263 were rural and 25786 were urban. There were 103,769 (51%) males and 98,280 (49%) females. Population below 6 years was 22,827. Scheduled Castes numbered 68,365 (33.85%) and Scheduled Tribes numbered 3,322 (1.64%). [8]

As per 2001 census, Barjora block had a total population of 178,976, out of which 92,330 were males and 86,646 were females. Barjora block registered a population growth of 12.52 per cent during the 1991-2001 decade. Decadal growth for the district was 15.15 per cent.[9] Decadal growth in West Bengal was 17.84 per cent.[10]

Census Towns in Barjora CD Block are (2011 census figures in brackets): Barjora (14,012), Ghutgarya (5,311) and Beliatore (6,443).[8]

Large villages (with 4,000+ population) in Barjora CD Block are (2011 census figures in brackets): Maliara (7,918), Paharpur (4,450), Krishna Nagar (5,201) and Hatashuria (4,505)[8]

Other villages in Barjora CD Block are (2011 census figures in brackets): Chhandar (1,776), Pakhanna (3,588), Sharjora (3,862), Khanrari (2,052), Chhandar (1,776) and Brindabanpur (1,031)[8]

Literacy[edit]

As per the 2011 census the total number of literates in Barjora CD Block was 128,443 (71.67% of the population over 6 years) out of which males numbered 74,551 (81.01% of the male population over 6 years) and females numbered 53,892 (61.81%) of the female population over 6 years). The gender disparity (the difference between female and male literacy rates) was 19.20%.[8]

See also – List of West Bengal districts ranked by literacy rate


Language and religion[edit]

Bengali is the local language in these areas.[3]

Religion in Barjora CD Block
Hindu
  
93.22%
Muslim
  
6.69%
Christian
  
0.01%
Others
  
0.08%

In the 2011 census Hindus numbered 188,340 and formed 93.22% of the population in Barjora CD Block. Muslims numbered 13,515 and formed 6.69% of the population. Christians numbered 29 and formed 0.01% of the population. Others numbered 165 and formed 0.08% of the population.[11] Others include Addi Bassi, Marang Boro, Santal, Saranath, Sari Dharma, Sarna, Alchchi, Bidin, Sant, Saevdharm, Seran, Saran, Sarin, Kheria,[12] and other religious communities.[11]

BPL families[edit]

In Barjora CD Block 43.89% families were living below poverty line in 2007.[13]

Economy[edit]

Infrastructure[edit]

184 or 92% of mouzas in Barjora CD Block were electrified by 31 March 2014.[14]

186 mouzas in Barjora CD Block had drinking water facilities in 2013-14. There were 75 fertiliser depots, 16 seed stores and 58 fair price shops in the CD Block.[14]

Coal[edit]

Coal in Barakar formation is found in Barjora CD Block. In Barjora coalfield a major part of the coal seams are covered with alluvium and laterite up to 35 m thick. As per the Geological Survey of India, proved reserve is 12 million tonnes.[15]

Industries[edit]

Govinda Impex Pvt. Ltd. at Barjora produces sponge iron, mild steel billets and ferro alloys. It employs 400 people. Rishab Sponge Pvt. Ltd. produces sponge iron and employs 400 people.[16]

Durgapur Barrage[edit]

The 88 km long west bank canal from Durgapur Barrage passes through Barjora, Sonamukhi, Patrasayer and Indas police station areas. With the passage of time the canal system has lost much of its efficiency.[17]

Agriculture[edit]

In 2013-14, persons engaged in agriculture in Barjora CD Block could be classified as follows: bargadars 9.17%, patta (document) holders 17.57%, small farmers (possessing land between 1 and 2 hectares) 8.52%, marginal farmers (possessing land up to 1 hectare) 22.36% and agricultural labourers 42.39%.[14]

In 2003-04 net area sown Barjora CD Block was 19,806 hectares and the area in which more than one crop was grown was 6,025 hectares.[18]

In 2013-14, the total area irrigated in Barjora CD Block was 8,247 hectares, out of which 3,043 hectares was by canal water, 660 hectares by tank water, 1,320 hectares by river lift irrigation, 224 hectares by deep tubewells, 2,089 hectares by shallow tubewell, 112 hectares by open dug wells and 799 hectres by other methods.[14]

In 2013-14, Barjora CD Block produced 44,594 tonnes of Aman paddy, the main winter crop, from 16,611 hectares, 853 tonnes of Aus paddy from 300 hectares, 414 tonnes of Boro paddy from 122 hectares, 345 tonnes of wheat from 195 hectares and 69,208,000 tonnes of potatoes from 2,135 hectares. It also produced pulses and mustard.[14]

Handloom and pottery industries[edit]

The handloom industry engages the largest number of persons in the non farm sector and hence is important in Bankura district. The handloom industry is well established in all the CD Blocks of the district and includes the famous Baluchari saris. In 2004-05 Barjora CD Block had 256 looms in operation.[19]

Bankura district is famous for the artistic excellence of its pottery products that include the famous Bankura horse. The range of pottery products is categorised as follows: domestic utilities, terracota and other decorative items and roofing tiles and other heavy pottery items. Around 3,200 families were involved in pottery making in the district in 2002. 160 families were involved in Barjora CD Block.[20]

Banking[edit]

In 2013-14, Barjora CD Block had offices of 13 commercial banks and 3 gramin banks.[14]

Transport[edit]

In 2013-14, Barjora CD Block had 8 originating/ terminating bus routes.[14]

The Bankura-Masagram line (formerly Bankura Damodar Railway) of South Eastern Railway passes through this CD Block. There is a station at Beliator, 19.6 km from Bankura. As of September 2016, DEMU services are available between Bankura and Mathnasibpur.[21]

State Highway 8 (West Bengal) running from Santaldih (in Purulia district) to Majhdia (in Nadia district) and State Highway 9 (West Bengal) running from Durgapur (in Paschim Bardhaman district) to Nayagram (in Jhargram district) pass through this CD Block.[22]

Education[edit]

In 2013-14, Barjora CD Block had 193 primary schools with 11,957 students, 31 middle schools with 3,628 students, 11 high schools with 7,920 students and 14 higher secondary schools with 11,375 students. Barjora CD Block had 2 general colleges with 2,889 students, 2 professional/ technical institution with 116 students and 290 institutions for special and non-formal education with 8,390 students. Barjora CD Block had 9 mass literacy centres.[23]

Healthcare[edit]

In 2014, Barjora CD Block had 1 rural hospital, 4 primary health centres and 1 private nursing home with total 63 beds and 7 doctors. It had 36 family welfare sub centres and 1 family welfare centre. 4,909 patients were treated indoor and 126,570 patients were treated outdoor in the hospitals, health centres and subcentres of the CD Block.[24]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "District Census Handbook Bankura" (PDF). pages 13-17. Directorate of Census Operations West Bengal. Retrieved 8 December 2016. 
  3. ^ a b c "Barjora Block". onefivenine. Retrieved 21 August 2016. 
  4. ^ "Tehsil Map of Bankura". CD Block/ Tehsil. Maps of India. Retrieved 21 August 2016. 
  5. ^ "District Statistical Handbook 2014 Bankura". Tables 2.1, 2.2,. Department of Statistics and Programme Implementation, Government of West Bengal. Retrieved 10 October 2016. 
  6. ^ "District Census Handbook: Bankura" (PDF). Map of Bankura with CD Block HQs and Police Stations (on the fifth page). Directorate of Census Operations, West Bengal, 2011. Retrieved 20 November 2016. 
  7. ^ "Directory of District, Subdivision, Panchayat Samiti/ Block and Gram Panchayats in West Bengal". Bankura - Revised in March 2008. Panchayats and Rural Development Department, Government of West Bengal. Retrieved 27 August 2016. 
  8. ^ a b c d e "C.D. Block Wise Primary Census Abstract Data(PCA)". 2011 census: West Bengal – District-wise CD Blocks. Registrar General and Census Commissioner, India. Retrieved 29 August 2016. 
  9. ^ "Provisional population totals, West Bengal, Table 4, Bankura District". Census of India 2001. Census Commission of India. Archived from the original on 28 September 2011. Retrieved 18 August 2016. 
  10. ^ "Provisional Population Totals, West Bengal. Table 4". Census of India 2001. Census Commission of India. Archived from the original on 27 September 2007. Retrieved 17 July 2016. 
  11. ^ a b "C1 Population by Religious Community". West Bengal. Registrar General and Census Commissioner, India. Retrieved 28 August 2016. 
  12. ^ "ST-14 A Details Of Religions Shown Under 'Other Religions And Persuasions' In Main Table". West Bengal. Registrar General and Census Commissioner, India. Retrieved 28 August 2016. 
  13. ^ "District Human Development Report: Bankura" (PDF). April 2007. Page 27, Pages 237-244. Development & Planning Department, Government of West Bengal. Retrieved 8 December 2016. 
  14. ^ a b c d e f g "District Statistical Handbook 2014 Bankura". Tables 8.2, 17.2, 18.2, 18.1, 20.1, 21.2, 4.4, 3.1, 3.3 – arranged as per use. Department of Statistics and Programme Implementation, Government of West Bengal. Retrieved 6 December 2016. 
  15. ^ "Natural Resources at Bankura". Minerals – coal. Bankura district authority. Retrieved 25 August 2016. 
  16. ^ "Bankura district". West Bengal Industrial Development Corporation. Retrieved 25 August 2016. 
  17. ^ "District Human Development Report: Bankura" (PDF). April 2007. Pages: 44-45. Development & Planning Department, Government of West Bengal. Retrieved 9 December 2016. 
  18. ^ "District Human Development Report: Bankura" (PDF). April 2007. Page: 58. Development & Planning Department, Government of West Bengal. Retrieved 23 August 2016. 
  19. ^ "District Human Development Report: Bankura" (PDF). April 2007. Page: 85. Development & Planning Department, Government of West Bengal. Retrieved 23 August 2016. 
  20. ^ "District Human Development Report: Bankura" (PDF). April 2007. Pages: 83-84. Development & Planning Department, Government of West Bengal. Retrieved 23 August 2016. 
  21. ^ "Bankura-Mathnasibpur DEMU". Time Table. indiarailinfo. Retrieved 1 September 2016. 
  22. ^ "List of State Highways in West Bengal". West Bengal Traffic Police. Retrieved 23 August 2016. 
  23. ^ "District Statistical Handbook 2014 Bankura". Tables 4.4, 4.6. Department of Statistics and Programme Implementation, Government of West Bengal. Retrieved 25 August 2016. 
  24. ^ "District Statistical Handbook 2014 Bankura". Tables 3.1, 3.2, 3.3. Department of Statistics and Programme Implementation, Government of West Bengal. Retrieved 25 August 2016.