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Faridpur Division (Bengali: ফরিদপুর বিভাগ), is a proposed administrative division within Bangladesh for the southern parts of the existing Dhaka Division, comprising Faridpur, Gopalganj, Madaripur, Rajbari and Shariatpur Districts of Dhaka Division.[1][2][3]

Faridpur Division

ফরিদপুর বিভাগ

Gangaridai
ফতেহাবাদ (Fatehabad)
Faridpur Division in Bangladesh
Faridpur Division in Bangladesh
Coordinates: 23°36′N 89°50′E / 23.60°N 89.84°E / 23.60; 89.84Coordinates: 23°36′N 89°50′E / 23.60°N 89.84°E / 23.60; 89.84
Country Bangladesh
CapitalFaridpur
Area
 • Total6,913.44 km2 (2,669.29 sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+6 (BST)

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HistoryEdit

The Greater Faridpur region was once under ancient Kingdom of Gangaridai. Later it was ruled by local Muslim sultans and Hindu rajas until the Mughal conquest of Bengal in the 16th century, after which many nobles and merchants from North India settled in the area. In 1582 in the reign of Emperor Akbar, the province of Bengal was formed into 33 sarkars or financial sub-divisions, and Faridpur area appears to have been included within the sarkar of Muhammad Abud and was known as Fatehabad.

In 1765 the British took over the financial administration of Faridpur, together with the rest of Bengal. The greater portion of Faridpur was then comprised within Dhaka District. In 1811 Faridpur was separated from Dacca collectorate. The district was initially known as Fatehabad.[4][5] Under British rule in 1860, the district was named as Faridpur after 12th-century Sufi saint, Shah Sheikh Fariduddin.[6][7] In 1984, with the Decentralization Program of the Bangladesh government, Faridpur district was reorganized into five separate districts: Rajbari, Gopalgonj, Madaripur, Shariatpur and Faridpur.

On 7 May 2017 Minister of Local Government, Rural Development and Co-operatives Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain announced that the new Division will be renamed as Padma Division after Padma River, a major river in Bangladesh and main distributary of the Ganges, flowing generally northeast of the proposed division.[8][9]

Administrative districtsEdit

The Division will be subdivided into five districts (zilas) and thence into 30 sub-districts (upazilas).

Name Capital Area (km²) Population
1991 Census
Population
2001 Census
Population
2011 Census
Faridpur District Faridpur 2,052.68 1,505,686 1,756,470 1,912,969
Gopalganj District Gopalganj 1,468.74 1,060,791 1,165,273 1,172,415
Madaripur District Madaripur 1,125.69 1,069,176 1,146,349 1,165,952
Rajbari District Rajbari 1,092.28 835,173 951,906 1,049,778
Shariatpur District Shariatpur 1,174.05 953,021 1,082,300 1,155,824
Total 5 6,913.44 5,423,847 6,102,298 6,456,938

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "3 new divisions to be formed". Archived from the original on 15 February 2015. Retrieved 15 February 2015.
  2. ^ "People want Faridpur division early". Retrieved 15 February 2015.
  3. ^ "Faridpur new division soon". Retrieved 15 February 2015.
  4. ^ "Faridpur" (PDF). Retrieved 28 March 2015.
  5. ^ "Faridpur Zila". Retrieved 28 March 2015.
  6. ^ Kamal Siddiqui. "Local Government". In Sirajul Islam (ed.). Banglapedia: National Encyclopedia of Bangladesh. Asiatic Society of Bangladesh.
  7. ^ "Faridpu". Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc. Retrieved 28 March 2015.
  8. ^ http://www.daily-sun.com/post/224552/Faridpur-will-be-made-as-
  9. ^ http://www.prothom-alo.com/bangladesh/article/1171726/%E0%A6%AC%E0%A6%BF%E0%A6%AD%E0%A6%BE%E0%A6%97-%E0%A6%B9%E0%A6%9A%E0%A7%8D%E0%A6%9B%E0%A7%87-%E0%A6%AB%E0%A6%B0%E0%A6%BF%E0%A6%A6%E0%A6%AA%E0%A7%81%E0%A6%B0-%E0%A6%A4%E0%A6%BF%E0%A6%A8-%E0%A6%AE%E0%A6%BE%E0%A6%B8%E0%A7%87%E0%A6%B0-%E0%A6%AE%E0%A6%A7%E0%A7%8D%E0%A6%AF%E0%A7%87-%E0%A6%B8%E0%A6%BF%E0%A6%9F%E0%A6%BF%E0%A6%B0-%E0%A6%A8%E0%A6%BF%E0%A6%B0%E0%A7%8D%E0%A6%AC%E0%A6%BE%E0%A6%9A%E0%A6%A8