Bhubaneswar, September 22: Odisha set to establish Special Development Councils in nine tribal dominated districts; the districts are Mayurbhanj, Keonjhar, Sundargarh, Kandhamal, Gajapati, Koraput, Rayagada, Malkangiri and Nabarangapur. These are the districts where tribals comprise more than 50% of total population. Headquarters of the each of the special development council shall be at the district headquarters.
The Odisha Planning and Convergence Department today released an official notification for establishment of Special Development Councils in nine tribal dominated districts. This initiative was taken with an objective 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.