Bhubaneswar: The Odisha Planning and Convergence Department today released an official notification for establishment of Special Development Councils in nine tribal dominated districts.
Mayurbhanj, Keonjhar, Sundargarh, Kandhamal, Gajapati, Koraput, Rayagada, Malkangiri and Nabarangapur are the nine districts, where the tribals comprise more than 50 per cent of the total population of the districts, will have the councils.
The Council’s major objectivess would be the Conservation and propagation of tribal culture, recognition of 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/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.
Headquarters of the each of the special development council shall be at the district headquarters.
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 status of a minister of state. Besides, it will have a vice-chairperson and three members from among the tribal communities. Collector of the district would be the chief executive officer of the council.
Except the district collector, other members of the council shall hold office for a term of two years.
While each council will have an executive committee comprising district level officials, there will be a state level monitoring committee headed by the development council to monitor the activities.
On Thursday, the state government nominated Kumulu Jani S/O late Guru Jani of Village – Bijapur of Koraput District, as the chairperson for the special development council, Koraput.