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Community development block
Domchanch is located in Jharkhand
Location in Jharkhand, India
Domchanch is located in India
Domchanch (India)
Coordinates: 24°28′23″N 85°41′23″E / 24.47306°N 85.68972°E / 24.47306; 85.68972
Country India
CD blockDomchanch
 • TypeFederal democracy
 • Total325.30 km2 (125.60 sq mi)
252 m (827 ft)
 • Total125,387
 • Density390/km2 (1,000/sq mi)
 • OfficialHindi, Urdu
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (IST)
825407 (Domchanch)
825418 (Domchanch Bazar)
Telephone/STD code06543
Vehicle registrationJH-12
Lok Sabha constituencyKodarma
Vidhan Sabha constituencyKodarma

Domchanch is a community development block (CD block) that forms an administrative division in the Koderma subdivision of the Koderma district, Jharkhand state, India.


Koderma district occupies the northern end of the Chota Nagpur Plateau. The average altitude is 397 m above sea level. The topography is hilly and the area mostly has laterite soil with patches of clay. Monsoon dependent agriculture supports majority of the population. Forest area covers 43% of the total area. Koderma Reserve Forest occupies the northern part of the district. Density of population in the district was 282 persons per km2. Koderma district was once famous for its mica production but low quality of mica ore and high cost of production led to closure of many units.[1][2]


Domchanch is located at 24°28′23″N 85°41′23″E / 24.47306°N 85.68972°E / 24.47306; 85.68972.[3]

The Barakar River flows in the southern part of the district and supports the multi-purpose Tilaiya Dam. Poanchkhara, Keso, Akto, Gurio, Gukhana Nadi are the main tributaries of the Barakar in the district. The Sakri river is the main river in the northern part of the district. Ghggnna Naddi, Chhotanari Nadi are the tributaries of Sakri river.[1]

Domchanch CD block is bounded by Satgawan CD block on the north, Gawan CD block, in Giridih district, and Markacho CD block on the east, Jainagar CD block on the south and Koderma CD block and Rajauli CD block, in Nawada district of Bihar, on the west.[4]

Domchanch CD block has an area of 325.30 km2.[5]Domchanch, Dhab and Nawalshahi police stations serve this block.[6] Headquarters of this CD block is at Domchanch town.[7]

Gram panchayats in Domchanch CD Block are: Bachhedih, Bagdo, Bagridih, Bangakhalar, Behradih, Dhab, Dhodhakola, Domchanch East, Domchanch North, Domchanch South, Ghargawan, Janpur, Kharkhar, Kundidhanwar, Madhuban, Mathadih, Masmohana, Masnodih, Nawadih, Parho, Phulwariya, Purnadih and Tetariyadih.[8]



According to the 2011 Census of India, Domchanch CD block had a total population of 125,387, of which 109,587 were rural and 15,809 were urban. There were 64,076 (51%) males and 61,311 (49%) females. Population in the age range 0–6 years was 24,576. Scheduled Castes numbered 17,547 (13.99%) and Scheduled Tribes numbered 2,355 (1.88%).[9]

Domchanch is a census town in Domchanch CD block with a population of 15,809 in 2011.[9]


According to the 2011 census the total number of literate persons in Domchamch CD block was 64,034 (63.52% of the population over 6 years) out of which males numbered 39,676 (76.89% of the male population over 6 years) and females numbered 24,358 (49.50% of the female population over 6 years). The gender disparity (the difference between female and male literacy rates) was 27.40%.[9]

See also – List of Jharkhand districts ranked by literacy rate

Literacy in CD Blocks of
Koderma district
Satgawan – 57.76%
Koderma – 65.74%
Domchanch – 63.52%
Jainagar – 67.50%
Chandwara – 63.75%
Markacho – 64.21%
Source: 2011 Census: CD Block Wise
Primary Census Abstract Data

Language and religion

According to the District Census Handbook, Koderma, 2011 census, as of 2001, Khortha was the mother-tongue of 159,086 persons forming 31.86% of the population of Koderma district, followed by Magahi 144,035 persons (28.84%), Hindi 138,542 persons (27.74%) and other languages (with no details) 57,740 perons (11.56%). Five important scheduled tribe language groups in Koderma district were Santali, Birhor, Oraon, Munda and Kharwar.[10]

Hindi is the official language in Jharkhand and Urdu has been declared as an additional official language.[11]

According to the District Census Handbook, Koderma, 2011 census, Hindus numbered 605,138 and formed 84.49% of the population of Koderma district, followed by Muslims 107,018 (14.94%), Christians 1,221 (0.17%), other religions 2,225 (0.31), religion not stated 657 (0.09%).[12]

Rural poverty

40-50% of the population of Koderma district were in the BPL category in 2004–2005, being in the same category as Godda, Giridih and Hazaribagh districts.[13] Rural poverty in Jharkhand declined from 66% in 1993–94 to 46% in 2004–05. In 2011, it has come down to 39.1%.[14]



in Domchanch CD block

  Cultivators (20.66%)
  Agricultural labourers (32.20%)
  Household industries (3.62%)
  Other Workers (43.51%)

In Domchanch CD block in 2011, amongst the class of total workers, cultivators numbered 8,464 and formed 20.66%, agricultural labourers numbered 13,195 and formed 32.20%, household industry workers numbered 1,485 and formed 3.62% and other workers numbered 17,828 and formed 43.51%. Total workers numbered 40,972 and formed 32.68% of the total population, and non-workers numbered 84,415 and formed 67.32% of the population.[15]


There are 101 inhabited villages in Domchanch CD block. In 2011, 65 villages had power supply. 2 villages had tap water (treated/ untreated), 96 villages had well water (covered/ uncovered), 96 villages had hand pumps, and 2 villages did not have drinking water facility. 9 villages had post offices, 16 villages had sub post offices, 30 villages had telephones (land lines), 56 villages had mobile phone coverage. 96 villages had pucca (paved) village roads, 24 villages had bus service (public/ private), 11 villages had autos/ modified autos, 24 villages had taxi/vans, 46 villages had tractors. 11 villages had bank branches, 16 villages had agricultural credit societies, 1 village had public library and public reading room. 43 villages had public distribution system, 13 villages had weekly haat (market), 56 villages had assembly polling stations.[16]


Large portions of Koderma district are covered with hills and forests, and only 28% of the total area of the district is cultivable land. The soil is acidic and soil erosion is a major problem in the district. Cultivation is the major occupation of the people in the district.[17]

Mica mining

The mica belt in the northern part of Chota Nagpur Plateau is about 160 km long with an average width of about 25 km. It covers 4,000 square kilometres (1,500 sq mi) in Koderma and Giridih districts of Jharkhand and adjacent areas in Bihar. Mica deposits were discovered in the area in the 1890s, and mica mining developed in a big way. It was exported in large quantities primarily to the Soviet Union. In the 1990s, when the Soviet Union was divided, the countries in the area stopped buying mica from India. It was a major set back for the mica industry. Moreover, the entire mica belt is located in the reserved forests. The forest conservation act was implemented in 1980. When the business was booming almost every household in the mica belt was involved in mica mining. Alternative employment opportunities are rare and so even after formal closing down of the mica mines, almost the entire community in the mica mining belt is involved in illegal mining activities. Mica continues to be in demand locally. It is mainly used in the pigmentation industry for automotive paints and cosmetics. Some other industries also use it. The entire family, including children, are involved in the illegal activity.[18]

Backward Regions Grant Fund

Koderma district is listed as a backward region and receives financial support from the Backward Regions Grant Fund. The fund, created by the Government of India, is designed to redress regional imbalances in development. As of 2012, 272 districts across the country were listed under this scheme. The list includes 21 districts of Jharkhand.[19][20]


The Madhupur-Giridih-Koderma line passes through this CD block and there are stations at Mahespur and Nawalshahi.[21]


Domchanch CD block had 33 villages with pre-primary schools, 81 villages with primary schools, 42 villages with middle schools, 5 villages with secondary schools, 1 village with senior secondary school, 2 villages with non-formal training centres, 20 villages with no educational facility.[22]
.*Senior secondary schools are also known as Inter colleges in Jharkhand


Domchanch CD block had 1 village with primary health centre, 11 villages with primary health subcentres, 1 village with maternity and child welfare centre, 4 villages with allopathic hospitals, 3 villages with dispensaries, 1 village with veterinary hospital, 2 villages with family welfare centres, 17 villages with medicine shops.[22]
.*Private medical practitioners, alternative medicine etc. not included


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