Laksam Upazila - Demographics

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Demographics

Laksam (Town) consists of 9 wards and 31 mahallas. The area of the town is 14.3 km2. It has a population of 60926; male 52.31%, female 47.69%; density of population is 4261 per km2. Literacy rate among the town people is 38.3%. Laksham is well known as a commercial town.

Administration

Laksam thana was turned into an upazila in 1982. The upazila consists of one municipality, 9 wards, 2 police outposts, 25 union parishads, 479 mouzas and 504 villages.

Marks of War of Liberation

Slaughter place at Beltala of Laksam Railway Junction and a mass grave near the Harishchar Chaurasta.

Population

513119; male 49.42%, female 50.58%; Muslim 94.32%, Hindu 4.84%, Buddhist 0.70%, Christian 0.05% and others 0.13%.

Religious institutions

Mosque 960, temple 18, Buddhist Vihara 2, tomb 7, most noted are tomb of Gazi Shaheb, Darbar Sharif at Panua, tomb of Pir Shaheb at Kaliapur, tomb of Syed Shah Waliullah Rajapuri Pir Saheb at Rajapur and Buddhist Vihara at Baraigaon.

Literacy and educational institutions

Average literacy 34.4%; male 40.7% and female 28.4%. Educational institutions: college 2, high school 64, junior high school 5, madrasa 59, government primary school 432, non-government primary school 69, satellite school 11, BRAC school 145. Noted educational institutions: All Bright Kinder Garten, A Malek Institution (Railway High School),Railway Ideal Academy, Nawab Faizunnesa Government College, Nawab Faizunnesa & Badrunnesse High School, Laksam Pilot High School, Laksam Girls High School,, Norpati High School, Norpati Government Primary School, Harishchar Union High School, Daulatganj Government Primary School, Gazimura Alia Madrasa.

Cultural organisations

Club 2, public library 2, museum 1, cinema hall 2, theatre stage 1 and theatre group 1.

Locally published newspapers and periodicals

LaksamBarta - a second most locally published weekly newspaper in Bangladesh.

Main occupations

Agriculture 34.05%, agricultural labourer 19.08%, wage labourer 3.77%, commerce 11.21%, service 13.55%, transport 3.28%, construction 1.21% and others 13.85%.

Land use

Cultivable land 32707.41 hectares; fallow land 9583.97 hectares; khas land 1959.94 hectares; land under irrigation 15068.39 hectares. Cultivable land per head 0.11 hectare.

Value of land

The market value of the land of the first grade is Tk 10000 per 0.01 hectare.

Main crops

Paddy, wheat, potato, brinjal, tomato, mustard seed and vegetables.

Extinct or nearly extinct crops

Jute.

Main fruits

Mango, jackfruit, papaya, litchi and kamranga.

Fisheries, dairies, poultries

Poultry 28, fishery 402, hatchery 6, artificial breeding centre 4.

Communication facilities

Roads: pucca 165 km, semi pucca 30 km and mud road 1785 km; waterways 35 nautical mile; railways 57 km; railway junction 1 and railway station 6.

Traditional transport

Palanquin, horse carriage, motor launch, bullock cart. These means of transport are either extinct or nearly extinct.

Manufactories

Cigarette factory 2, bidi factory 4, rice mill 3, oil mill 27.

Cottage industries

Total number of cottage industries 280.

Main hats, bazars and fairs

Most noted hats, bazars and fairs are Daulatganj Bazar, Kemtali Mela, Nurpur Mela.

Main exports

Cigarette, bidi and oil.

NGO activities

Operationally important NGOs are brac, asa, bard, Swanirvar Bangladesh, UNDP, proshika and Muslim Welfare Organisation.

Health centres

Upazila health complex 1, satellite clinic 8 and family planning centre 14.

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