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LATEHAR has been named after the village of the same name on Ranchi Daltonganj Road. It is 100 k.m. away by road from Ranchi, the capital of Jharkhand. Latehar is famous for its rich natural beauty, forest, forest products and mineral deposits. Latehar remained an integral part of Palamau District as a sub division since 1924.

     It got elevated from sub divisional status to a district on 4th April 2001 vide Jharkhand Govt. Notification No 946 dated 04.04.2001. Latehar is located on the north–west corner of Jharkhand in the Palamau Commissionary. It is surrounded by Ranchi, Lohardaga, Gumla, Palamau and Chatra district apart from Chhattisgarh state and situated between 840.31’ East Longitude and 230 44.5’ North Latitude.

     It’s a predominantly tribal district with almost 40% of the population belonging to the schedule tribes and more than 66 % of total population comprises SCs and STs. The total area of the district is 3,671 Sq. Km and one of the block headquarters is more than 200 K.M. away from the district headquarters.
   
     There are nine Community Development Blocks in the district within which distantly located villages are scattered amidst the dense forest, hilly terrains and agricultural fields. The number of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes is predominantly high here and Latehar comes under Tribal Sub Plan Area.

SL. NO.
NAME OF THE BLOCK

NO OF VILLAGES

TOTAL NO. OF PANCHAYAT
TOTAL VILLAGES
INHABITED VILLAGES
01
LATEHAR
166
19
18
02
CHANDWA
86
0
17
03
BALUMATH
67
4
13
04
MANIKA
84
2
15
05
BARWADIH
83
2
16
06
GARU
74
5
8
07
MAHUADANR
106
8
14
08
BARIYATU
56
0
9
09
HERHANJ
51
0
5
TOTAL
773
40
115

 

PARTICULARS LATEHAR GARU MAHUADANR BARWADIH MANIKA BALUMATH CHANDWA TOTAL
GEOGRAPHICAL AREA (IN HA.) 47915 23429 66922 455545 35289 98454 61514 379068
A. NET CULTIVATED AREA 13060 1809 11352 3994 5622 7107 11214 54158
B. CURRENT FALLOW LAND 7304 2068 9984 7585 403 12486 5972 45802
C. BARREN NON CULTIVABLE 4585 845 5830 2408 2956 5843 3254 24721
D. FOREST 19524 16240 25838 24167 19012 54259 33710 162745
E. LAND PUT TO NON AGRL.                
I. LAND AREA 1083 888 3424 2122 739 1198 1463 11017
II. WATER AREA                
PERMANENT 480 50 184 189 150 493 64 1610
SEASONAL 192 - 300 139 92 191 141 1055
F. CULTIVATED WASTE LAND 736 394 260 854 626 1748 1911 6519
G. PERMANENT PASTURE &OTHER GRAZING LAND 143 - 766 78 6 249 - 1242
H. MICL. TREES & TREE CROPS NOT INVOLVED IN (A) 237 - 978 152 280 4793 75 6515
OTHER FALLOW LAND 4405 1433 7007 3860 2804 10088 3715 33315

 

As per 2001 census, the population detail and literacy rate can be viewed in the table below:-

S.N. Block

Population

Literacy Non Literate (15-35 years)
Male Female Total Male Female Total
1
Latehar
54,612
52,454
1,07,066
60.14
28.52
44.72
15,530
2
Chandwa
41,554
39,925
81,479
54.91
26.58
41.06
13,870
3
Balumath
68,872
67,138
1,36,010
47.80
20.88
34.51
31,099
4
Manika
32,806
31,827
64,633
47.92
18.43
33.45
15,698
5
Garu
13,012
12,495
25,447
50.42
21.76
36.52
5,335
6
Barwadih
40,398
37,639
78,037
54.31
26.32
40.93
13,871
7
Mahuadar
33,695
32,464
66,159
67.83
46.36
57.30
7,922

Total

2,84,949
2,73,882
5,58,831
54.76
26.98
41.21
1,03,325

 

 

 

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