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Kishangunj District

Located in the northeast of Bihar Kishanganj became a separate district in 1990. Surrounded by West Bengal, Bangladesh and Nepal it occupies a total of 1, 93, 855 hectares (2001 census). As a densely populated region it accommodates a total of 12, 94, 063 people and has a total irrigated area of 27, 018 hectares. In its earliest phase the place was ruled by the Khagada Nawab.

Accessible by air, rail and road the city is has 6 operational railway stations. Gaya International Airport and JayaPrakash Narayan Airport are around 90 kms away.

While ginger, turmeric and garlic are the main cash crops, Kishanganj is well-known for its diversified range of industries. These include

  • Plywood
  • Tea Processing Plants
  • Jute
  • Poultry Farming
  • Cottage
  • Silk Animal husbandry is another main economic activity of this district. With adequate support from Government institutions this region has grown into a bustling commercial hub.
Enriched with a fascinating historical past, the District boasts of some appealing tourist spots. Some of them are Town Hall, Nehru Shanti Park and Khagra Mela.

To achieve an all-comprising development, Kishanganj's educational scenario is changing rapidly. With 508 Primary Schools, 90 Middle Schools, one Kendriya Vidyalaya, one Navodya Vidyalaya, two Colleges, one Polytechnic College and one Medical College, the district provides room for more medical, technical and vocational institutes.

In the coming years Kishanganj will definitely emerge as one of the most developed districts of Bihar through its industrious efforts.

Most of the villages are scattered over the vast area with distance between two intervention areas being 60-75 kms.Some of the villages are densely populated while others are sparsely populated comprising mainly OBC-Surjapuri Hindus and Muslims. There are few Santhal pockets in between. These villages are relatively peaceful and co-exist together with little evidence of violence based either on religion or on caste. Most of the households are very poor and lead simple life. However being a predominantly Muslim society the people are conservative in their beliefs and ideas.

Most of the villages do not have pucca roads, as they are located in the interior part of the district. They become inaccessible during monsoons and floods cutting them from rest of the district. The villages do not have primary health services as most of the PHCs are conspicuously absent or dysfunctional. Incase of an emergency people go either to Kishanganj or to Islampur that is 40-50 kms from the state. The literacy rate is lowest with female rate at 18% and 2% in Muslim dominated rural areas. There are primary schools lacking even basic facilities. The girl dropout level is also high here as they are married off at an early age. Most of the high schools are located in Kishanganj and Thakurganj towns. The huge distance from the villages makes it difficult for the girls to continue with their education.

Agriculture is the main occupation and main source of livelihood in the villages. There are hardly any industries that can provide employment to the people. This area has witnessed large scale migration to cities like Delhi, Punjab and Mumbai. There has been growth of large scale tea cultivation. However it is confined to the marginal and big farmers. The poor landless families work as daily wage workers. Many girls who come to study at NFE centres also work at the tea-gardens. The emergence of brick-klins has also seen people working there during lean period. Many farmers have sold their land-holdings to businessmen from Siliguri etc.

Political orientation along different political parties is present and it has come out in the open during recent elections. All the villages have prominent local leaders and Maulanas/Maulavis who are respected in the community. We have seen during course of our work that without their support it is not possible to work on sexual and reproductive health issues. Women are not politically much aware and dependent on their husbands and families for decision-making.

Status of Women
The known problems such as prevalence of dowry system, early marriage, polygamy, gender inequality and ignorance among women plague the district. The early age for the females is 15-18 years in rural and urban areas. There is high dependence on husbands for information, knowledge and decisions. The socio-cultural inhibitions have led to low mobility of women. The RCH 98-99 have revealed poor nutrition and health status. About 95.4% children were reported underweight. There is high prevalence of STI/ RTI symptoms among females (35.7% RCH Survey 1998-99).Kishanganj district is ranked 588 out of 590 districts in the country on RCH composite index 1998-99.There is ignorance and indifferent attitude of women towards their own health. The lowest literacy rate among women is also responsible for various myths and misconceptions prevalent about health among them.

. . Units . . Units
Headquarters: KISHANGANJ .  Total Area: 1884.0 sq. Kms.
Forest Area : 0.0 sq. Kms. Net Sown Area:
sq. Kms.
Occupied House: 186.86 '000 Net Irrigation Area : 0.0 sq. Kms.
Total Population 984.11 '000 Total Literates 172.21 '000
Total Male 508.99 '000 Total Female 475.12 '000
Urban Population 99.28 '000 Rural Population 884.83 '000
Rural Population - Male 455.75 '000 Rural Population - Female 429.08 '000
Urban Population - Male 53.24 '000 Urban Population - Female 46.04 '000
Total SC Population 65.16 '000 Total ST Population 34.83 '000
SC Population - Rural 54.11 '000 ST Population - Rural 33.44 '000
SC Population - Urban 11.84 '000 ST Population - Urban 1.39 '000
Total Male Literacy 133.65 '000 Total Female Literacy 38.57 '000
Rural Literates 132.56 '000 Urban Literates 39.65 '000
Rural Literates - Male 107.29 '000 Rural Literates - Female 23.27 '000
Urban Literates - Male 26.35 '000 Urban Literates - Female 13.3 '000
Rural Male Literacy % 29.8 % . Rural Female Literacy % 7.55 % . 
Urban Male Literacy % 60.54 % .  Urban Female Literacy % 36.25 % . 
Total Workers ('000) . . Male Workers ('000) . .

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