Bhubaneswar: Tribal people from Malkangiri today arrived at Naveen Nivas and expressed their gratitude to Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik here thanking over the decision towards setting up of Special Development Councils (SDC) in nine tribal dominated districts of Odisha.
Tribal delegates from Malkangiri headed by Minister Ramesh Majhi, Minister Chandra Sarathi Behera, MLA Manas Madkami and BJD’s district youth wing President Nirod Mistri held a huge rally dressed in their traditional outfits with the beats of traditional musical instruments.
Earlier tribal people from Nabarangpur and Koraput districts comprising of different communities arrived at Naveen Nivas and expressed their joy over the Cabinet’s decision by dancing and singing being dressed in their tradition outfits.
Notably, the state Cabinet chaired by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik approved the proposal for establishment of the SDC and talking to media, CM had described the cabinet decision as a landmark step and unique in the whole of the country. No other state has taken such a step for the development of the tribals, he said.
The SDC would be established in the districts of Mayurbhanj, Keonjhar, Sundergarh, Kandhamal, Gajapati, Koraput, Rayagada, Malkangiri and Nabarangpur districts.
The Chief Minister had said about Rs 1.5 crore will be allotted to each block under these councils and a total of Rs 175.50 crore will be spent per annum through these councils. The nine districts have 117 blocks.