Poonch district, India

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Poonch district
Jammu and Kashmir Poonch district.svg
Location of Poonch district in Jammu and Kashmir
Coordinates: 33°46′N74°06′E / 33.77°N 74.1°E / 33.77; 74.1 Coordinates: 33°46′N74°06′E / 33.77°N 74.1°E / 33.77; 74.1
Country India
Union Territory Jammu and Kashmir
Division Jammu Division
Headquarters Poonch
Tehsils [1] 1. Balakote, 2. Haveli, 3. Mandi, 4. Mankote, 5. Mendhar, 6. Surankote
  Total1,674 km2 (646 sq mi)
  Density280/km2 (740/sq mi)
   Literacy 66.74%
  Sex ratio893
Time zone UTC+05:30 (IST)
Vehicle registration JK-12
Website http://poonch.nic.in/

Poonch or Punch is a district in Jammu and Kashmir, India. With headquarters the town of Poonch, it is bounded by the Line of Control (boundary between Indian and Pakistan administered Kashmir) on three sides (north, west and south). The 1947-48 war between India and Pakistan divided the earlier district into two parts. One went to Pakistan and the other became part of the then Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir.



Poonch district, India
Poonch district tehsils

The District headquarters is in the Poonch city. Rahul Yadav is the current District Commissioner. Presently District Poonch in Jammu and Kashmir is divided into six tehsils:

Each tehsil has its Tehsildar, who is the administrative head. The district is further divided into eleven. blocks: Poonch, Mandi, Loran Sathra Mendhar, Mankote Balakote, Surankote and Buffliaz. [2] The administrative head of each block is the Block Development Officer (BDO). Each block consists of a number of panchayats. Recently added One Sub Division(Surnkote), other is Mendhar. Poonch district has a total of 179 villages including Seri Khawaja.


In 2006 the Ministry of Panchayati Raj named Poonch one of the country's 250 most backward districts (out of a total of 640). [3] It is one of the three districts in Jammu and Kashmir currently receiving funds from the Backward Regions Grant Fund Programme (BRGF). [3]


Poonch District has 3 assembly constituencies: Surankote, Mendhar and Poonch Haveli. On 19 November 2018, the assembly was dissolved by governor Satya pal Malik. The former M.L.A of Poonch Haveli is Shah Mohammed Tantray of Jammu & Kashmir Peoples Democratic Party, Mohammed Akram of Indian National Congress is currently representing Surankote constituency and Mendhar is being represented by Javid Rana of Jammu & Kashmir National Conference. Poonch district comes in Jammu-Poonch Lok Sabha Constituency. [4]


Religion in Poonch district (2011) [5]

   Islam (90.45%)
   Hinduism (6.84%)
   Sikhism (2.35%)
   Christianity (0.20%)
  Other (0.02%)
  Not stated (0.15%)

Poonch district, India: mother-tongue of population, according to the 2011 Census. [6]

  Gojri (39.15%)
  Hindi (1.86%)
  Pahari (50.21%)
  Kashmiri (5.37%)
  Gujari (1.24%)
  Others (2.17%)

According to the 2011 census Poonch district, India has a population of 476,835, [5] roughly equal to the nation of Suriname. [7] This gives it a ranking of 548th in India (out of a total of 640). The district has a population density of 285 inhabitants per square kilometre (740/sq mi). Its population growth rate over the decade 2001-2011 was 27.97%. Poonch has a sex ratio of 890 females for every 1000 males (which varies with religion), and a literacy rate of 68.69%. The district is 90.45% Muslim.[ citation needed ]

Sex Ratio in Poonch District in 2011 Census. [5]
(no. females per 1,000 males)
Religion (and population)Sex Ratio
Muslim (pop 431,279)
Hindu (pop 32,604)
Sikh (pop 11,188)
Other (pop 1,764)
Total (pop 476,835)
Poonch district: religion, gender ratio, and % urban of population, according to the 2011 Census. [5]
HinduMuslimChristianSikhBuddhistJainOtherNot statedTotal
Gender ratio (% female)27.4%48.8%35.9%41.9%8.4%50.0%50.0%45.7%47.2%
Sex ratio
(no. of females per 1,000 males)
% Urban38.9%4.6%38.7%50.5%9.6%30.0%0.0%10.7%8.1%

Resident ethnicities include Gujjars, Bakerwals, Jatts , Paharis, Punjabis, Kashmiris and Rajputs. Gujjars mostly reside on the slopes of mountains. The inhabitants typically cultivate small plots of land, and own some cattle. Gujjars and Bakerwals (nomadic tribes) speak Gojri, apart from Kashmiris the rest of the population speak Pahari-Pothwari (Poonchi) and only a minuscule population may be speaking Dogri. [8] [9]

Poonch district, India: mother-tongue of population, according to the 2011 Census. [6]
Mother tongue codeMother tonguePeoplePercentage
001002 Assamese 1180.02%
002007 Bengali 5100.11%
004001 Dogri 4430.09%
005018 Gujarati 2950.06%
006096 Bharmauri/Gaddi 790.02%
006102 Bhojpuri 4070.09%
006142 Chhattisgarhi 620.01%
006195 Garhwali 440.01%
006207 Gojri/Gujjari/Gujar 186,65839.15%
006235 Haryanvi 440.01%
006240 Hindi 8,8581.86%
006340 Kumauni 410.01%
006439 Pahari 239,40250.21%
006489 Rajasthani 890.02%
006503 Sadan/Sadri 410.01%
007016 Kannada 4120.09%
008005 Kashmiri 25,5955.37%
011016 Malayalam 4940.10%
013071 Marathi 1,5460.32%
014011 Nepali 8400.18%
015043 Odia 2190.05%
016038 Punjabi 1,9990.42%
018040 Santali 240.01%
020027 Tamil 7220.15%
021046 Telugu 5930.12%
022015 Urdu 4340.09%
053005 Gujari 5,8921.24%
072024 Kurukh/Oraon 940.02%
115011 Purkhi 270.01%
Others 8530.18%


As of  2011 the religions followed in the district were: Islam (90.45%), Hinduism (6.84%), Sikhism (2.35%), Christianity (0.20%) and small numbers of Buddhists, Jains, and others.[ citation needed ]


With the recent developments between India and Pakistan, the divided people are again coming into contact with each other. The opening of the Poonch-Rawalakot bus is an important step in this direction.



There is a small airstrip located which is mainly used by the Indian Army.


There is no railway connectivity to Poonch yet.


Poonch district is connected to the summer capital Jammu by an all-weather road. It also has road connectivity with Srinagar through the pictureresque Mughal Road. A bus across the LOC, the Poonch-Rawalakot bus has helped to re-establish ties across the border.

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