Bhubaneswar, October 5: Odisha government is working in pace towards ‘Tribals’ Welfare’, remember the state government constituted the Special Development Councils SDC for tribal districts of Odisha? Now Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik appointed the chairpersons of SDC of four tribal dominated districts.
Antaryami Gomango was appointed Chairman of SDC in Gajapati district, Santosh Amat have been entitled as the Chairman of the SDC in Sundargarh district. While Jagannath Nendruka was given the charge of Chairperson of SDC in Rayagada district, Dr Devasish Marandi have been appointed as the Chairman of SDC in Mayurbhanj district.
Mayurbhanj, Keonjhar, Sundargarh, Kandhamal, Gajapati, Koraput, Rayagada, Malkangiri and Nabarangapur are the nine districts, where the tribals comprise more than 50% of the total population of the districts, will have the councils.
Earlier, the state government had nominated Kumulu Jani S/O late Guru Jani of Village – Bijapur of Koraput District, as the Chairperson for the special development council, Koraput. The setting up of SDCs aims to conserve and propagate tribal culture, recognizing indigenous knowledge system of the tribals, documentation of tribal culture, tradition and practices, identification of tribal resources, organizing exposure visit, promotion of tribal language and dialects, area or culture-specific development interventions, said the official notification.
The state government would provide Rs 1.5 Crore as grant-in-aid to each block of the nine districts which is over and above the funds allotted under different schemes. A total of Rs 175.50 Crores will be spent per annum through these councils.
Each council will have a chairperson who is a luminary person of tribal community resident of the district to be nominated by the state government. Chairperson of the council will be given the status of a minister of state. Besides, it will have a vice-chairperson and three members from among the tribal communities. The collector of the district would be the chief executive officer of the council.