Upazilas of Bangladesh

Upazilas Of Bangladesh

Upazilas of Bangladesh

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The districts of Bangladesh are divided into subdistricts called Upazila Parishad (UZP), or Thana (Bengali <big>উপজেলা</big> oopojela). Upazilas are similar to the county subdivisions found in some Western countries.

Bangladesh, at present, has 500 upazilas and 509 administrative thana. The upazilas are the second lowest tier of regional administration in Bangladesh. The administrative structure consists in fact in Divisions (7), Districts (64), Upazila/Thana and Union Porishods (UPs). This system of devolution was introduced by the former military ruler and President of Bangladesh Lieutenant General Hossain Mohammad Ershad in an attempt to strengthen local government.

Below UPs, villages (Graam) and Paara exist, but these have no administrative power and elected members. The Local Government Ordinance of 1982 was amended a year later, redesignating and upgrading the existing thanas as upazilas.


Each Upazila Porishod (or council) has a chairman, a vice chairman and a woman vice chairman. All three are elected through direct popular election. Union Porishod chairmen within the upazila are considered as the members of the porishod. The post of a woman vice chairman was created to ensure at least one-third woman representation in the all elected posts of the local government.

There is a non-elected administrative Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) in each Upazila. UNOs are Senior Assistant......
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