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Kashipur (community development block)

Community development block
Kashipur is located in West Bengal
Location in West Bengal
Country  India
State West Bengal
District Purulia
Parliamentary constituency Bankura
Assembly constituency Kashipur
 • Total 166.11 sq mi (430.23 km2)
Population (2001)
 • Total 186,980
 • Density 1,130/sq mi (435/km2)
Time zone IST (UTC+5.30)
PIN 723132
Literacy Rate 61.75 per cent

Kashipur (community development block) (Bengali: কাশীপুর সমষ্টি উন্নয়ন ব্লক) is an administrative division in Raghunathpur subdivision of Purulia district in the Indian state of West Bengal. Kashipur police station serves this block. Headquarters of this block is at Panchkotraj. Adra is an urban area in this block.[1][2]


Jaina Bhagavati-Sutra of 5th century AD mentions that Purulia was one of the sixteen mahajanapadas and was a part of the kingdom known as Vajra-bhumi in ancient times. In 1833, Manbhum district was carved out of [3]


Kashipur is located at .

Kashipur community development block has an area of 430.23  km2.[2]

The area forms the lowest step of the Chota Nagpur Plateau. The general scenario is undulating land with scattered hills.[4]

Gram panchayats

Gram panchayats of Kashipur block/panchayat samiti are: Agardih-Chitra, Barrah, Beko, Gagnabaid, Gourandih, Hadalda-Upprah, Kalidaha, Kashipur, Monihara, Rangamati-Ranjandih, Simla-Dhanara, Sonajuri and Sonathali.[5]


As per 2001 census, Kashipur block had a total population of 186,980, out of which 95,259 were males and 91,721 were females. Kashipur block registered a population growth of 11.75 per cent during the 1991-2001 decade. Decadal growth for Purulia district was 13.96 per cent.[2]Decadal growth in West Bengal was 17.84 per cent.[6] Scheduled castes at 51,691 formed around one-fourth the population. Scheduled tribes numbered 45,514, forming around one-fourth the population.[7]


As per 2001 census, Kashipur block had a total literacy of 61.75 per cent for the 6+ age group. While male literacy was 78.48 per cent female literacy was 44.42 per cent. Purulia district had a total literacy of 55.57 per cent, male literacy being 73.72 per cent and female literacy being 36.50 per cent.[8]


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