Dantewada district

Dantewada District, also known as Dantewara District or Dakshin Bastar District (South Bastar District), is a district in the Indian state of Chhattisgarh. Dantewada is the district headquarters. The district is part of Bastar Division. Until 1998, the Dantewada District was a tehsil of the larger Bastar District.

As of 2011 it is the third least populous district of Chhattisgarh (out of 18), after Narayanpur and Bijapur.[1]

The present collector of Dantewada is Shri Saurabh Kumar.[2]

Dantewada district
Location of Dantewada district in Chhattisgarh
Location of Dantewada district in Chhattisgarh
CountryIndia
StateChhattisgarh
Administrative divisionBastar
HeadquartersDantewada
Tehsils4
Government
 • Assembly seats1
Area
 • Total3,410.50 km2 (1,316.80 sq mi)
Population
(2011)
 • Total247,029
 • Density72/km2 (190/sq mi)
Demographics
 • Literacy33 per cent
WebsiteOfficial website

History

Before Indian Independence, the district was part of the princely state of Bastar. After Independence in 1947, Bastar's ruler acceded to the government of India, and the erstwhile state became part of Bastar District of Madhya Pradesh state. Bastar District was divided into the districts of Bastar, Dantewada, and Kanker in 1998. In 2000, Dantewada was one of the 16 Madhya Pradesh districts that constituted the new state of Chhattisgarh. Dantewada was bifurcated in 2007, resulting in a new district Bijapur district, Chhattisgarh with four tehsils: Bijapur, Bhairamgarh, Usoor and Bhopalpatnam. It was further bifurcated in 2012, resulting in another new district, Sukma, with three tehsils: Chhindgarh, Sukma and Konta.

Maoist rebellion

The district is currently a part of the Red Corridor.[3] Over the last year, more than 350 people have been killed and 50,000 moved into camps in the Dantewada district, as a result of a Maoist uprising.

In April 2010, the Maoist rebels killed at least 75 Indian soldiers in a series of attacks on security convoys in Dantewada.[4] In May 2010, the Naxals targeted the Special Police Officers traveling in a civilian bus, killing around 31,[5] to 44,[6] including several Special Police Officers and civilians.[7]

Education

Dantewada is the worst affected Maoist region, but the students still managed to perform well in their high-school board examinations. In 2017, their pass percentage crossed 80 for the first time, making Dantewada the best performing district on the board exam.[8]

The average literacy rate of Dantewada (Dantewara) district is 33.21 percent.

Dantewada received the Prime Minister's award for converting Palnar into a cashless village.[9] After the November 8 demonetisation of high-value notes, Dantewada district collector Saurabh Kumar and his team managed to procure fibre and bandwidth from Essar Steel under its corporate social responsibility to create a free wi-fi zone of two and half square km area to kick-start digital payments in the village market that houses 14 shops.[10] This village is now connected digitally although it has no cellular connectivity even now.

Educational Institutes

1- Government Danteshwari PG College Dantewada

http://www.pgcollegedantewada.com

2. College of Agriculture, Chitalanka, Dantewada

3. Kendriya Vidyalaya (KV), Dantewada

http://www.kvdantewada.com/home.php

4.Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya, Barsoor, Dantewada

http://www.jnvbarsoor.in

5. Govt Model Higher Secondary School, Dantewada

6. NMDC Polytechnic College Dantewada

http://nmdcdavpoly.in

Geography

Dantewada District has an area of 3,410.50 km².

Administrative divisions

Dantewada district is divided into four tehsils, each of which is also a "development block". It is further divided into 114 gram panchayats.[11] The four tehsils are:[12]

Demographics

According to the 2011 census Dantewada district has a population of 247,029,[1] roughly equal to the half of the nation of Cape Verde.[14] This gives it a ranking of 540th in India (out of a total of 640).[1] The district has a population density of 45 inhabitants per square kilometre (120/sq mi) .[1] Its population growth rate over the decade 2001-2011 was 15.56%.[1] Dantewada has a sex ratio of 1016 females for every 1000 males,[1] and a literacy rate of 42.27%.[1]

The district has a population of 247,029 (2011 census), of which 173,714 are tribal peoples (adivasis). The district is divided into four tehsils, Dantewada, Gidam, Kuwakonda and Katekalyan.

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f g "District Census 2011". Census2011.co.in. 2011. Retrieved 2011-09-30.
  2. ^ http://dantewada.gov.in
  3. ^ "83 districts under the Security Related Expenditure Scheme". IntelliBriefs. 2009-12-11. Retrieved 2011-09-17.
  4. ^ Scores of Indian soldiers killed in Maoist ambushes. BBC. 6 April 2010.
  5. ^ http://www.ndtv.com/news/india/dantewada-bus-blast-toll-30-pm-to-review-naxal-strategy-26185.php?u=1439
  6. ^ "Talks with Maoists if they suspend violence: Chidambaram". The Times Of India. 18 May 2010.
  7. ^ "Naxals blow up bus near Dantewada, 50 feared killed". NDTV. 17 May 2010.
  8. ^ "Maoist-hit Dantewada outperforms urban districts in boards". New Indian Express. 30 April 2017. Retrieved 30 April 2017.
  9. ^ "Dantewada district gets Prime Minister's award for converting Palnar into a cashless village". The Economic Times. Retrieved 29 December 2017.
  10. ^ "Remote Chhattisgarh village gets PM award for going cashless". India Today. Retrieved 29 December 2017.
  11. ^ "Reports of National Panchayat Directory: Districts of Chhattisgarh". Ministry of Panchayati Raj, Government of India. Archived from the original on 2011-10-11.
  12. ^ "Reports of National Panchayat Directory: Blocks of Chhattisgarh". Ministry of Panchayati Raj, Government of India. Archived from the original on 2011-10-11.
  13. ^ "Reports of National Panchayat Directory: Village Panchayat Names of Dantewada, Dantewada, Chhattisgarh". Ministry of Panchayati Raj, Government of India. Archived from the original on 2011.
  14. ^ US Directorate of Intelligence. "Country Comparison:Population". Retrieved 2011-10-01. Cape Verde 516,100 July 2011 est.

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Coordinates: 18°54′N 81°21′E / 18.900°N 81.350°E

2010 Dantewada bus bombing

The 2010 Dantewada bus bombing occurred on 17 May 2010 when a bus hit a landmine 50 km away from Dantewada, in Chhattisgarh's Dantewada district. Fatalities reports range from 31 to 44, including several Special Police Officers (SPOs) and civilians.It was the first Naxal attack to target a civilian bus. The attack occurred one month after Dantewada witnessed the worst-ever massacre of CRPF jawans, when 76 troops were killed in the April 2010 Maoist attack in Dantewada.

Abujmarh

Abujmarh (Abujhmar) is a hilly forest area, spread over 1,500 square miles (3,900 km2) in Chhattisgarh, covering Narayanpur district, Bijapur district and Dantewada district. It is home to indigenous tribes of India, including Gond, Muria, Abuj Maria, and Halbaas. It was only in 2009 that the Government of Chhattisgarh lifted the restriction on the entry of common people in the area imposed in the early 1980s. Geographically isolated and largely inaccessible, the area continues to show no physical presence of the civil administration, and is also known as "liberated-zone" as it is an alleged hub of Naxalite-Maoist insurgency, the banned Communist Party of India (Maoist) and its military wing, People's Liberation Guerilla Army (PLGA), who run a parallel government in the area.In 2007 the area was proposed as a biosphere reserve by Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India.

April 2010 Maoist attack in Dantewada

The April 2010 Dantewada Maoist attack was an 6 April 2010 ambush by Naxalite-Maoist insurgents from the Communist Party of India (Maoist) near Chintalnar village in Dantewada district, Chhattisgarh, India, leading to the killing of 76 CRPF policemen and 8 Maoists — the deadliest attack by the Maoists on Indian security forces.The attack occurred when over 80 officers from the central paramilitary force Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and a local police group were conducting an area domination exercise in the Bastar tribal region of the Indian state of Chhattisgarh.

Bade Bacheli

Bade Bacheli is a town and a Nagar Palika in Dantewada district in the state of Chhattisgarh, India. It is now very well known as NMDC Township with nature all around to explore and witness. It is situated roughly 400 km from Raipur, capital of Chhattisgarh. The way to travel is by Road with frequent bus service from Raipur, Bhilai and Jagdalpur or by train from Jagdalpur and Vishakhapatnam.

Bade Bedma

Bade bedma is a village situated in Katekalyan tehsil and located in Dantewada district of Chhattisgarh.As per Cenuos of 2011, the Bade Bedma village has population of 1755 of which 779 are males while 976 are females.

Bailadila Range

Bailadila Range, is a mountain range rising in the Deccan Plateau about 200 km west of the Eastern Ghats.It has been named bailadila because it looks like hump of an ox . It is located near Kirandul town in the Dantewada district of southern Chhattisgarh, India.

Bastar (Lok Sabha constituency)

Bastar Lok Sabha constituency is one of the 11 Lok Sabha (parliamentary) constituencies in Chhattisgarh state in central India. This Lok Sabha constituency is reserved for the Scheduled Tribes (ST) candidates.

Dantewada

Dantewada (also known as Dantewara) is a town and a nagar palika in the Dantewada district in the state of Chhattisgarh, India. It is the administrative headquarters of Dantewada District. It is the fourth largest city of Bastar division.

The town is named after the goddess Danteshwari, the presiding deity of the Danteshwari Temple located in the town, 80 km from the Jagdalpur tehsil. The goddess is worshipped as an incarnation of Shakti and the temple is held to be one of the fifty-two sacred Shakti Peethas.Dantewada Town is well connected by broad gauge railway line from Visakhapatnam.

Geedam

Geedam is a census town and tehsil in Dantewada district in the state of Chhattisgarh, India. It is situated in National highway number 63( previously numbered as national highway 16 ) about 75 kilometre from Jagdalpur.

Katekalyan

Katekalyan is a Tehsil and Development Block of District Dakshin Bastar, Dantewada, Chhattisgarh.

Kawasi Lakhma

Kawasi Lakhma is MLA from Chhattisgarh, India and was one of the survivors of 2013 Naxal attack in Darbha valley. His name was widely discussed as his own party men expressed doubt about his integrity and questioned his role in the naxal attack. When other Congress leaders were shot dead in the attack, Kawasi Lakhma was spared and this has raised doubts.

Kirandul

Kirandul is a town and a municipality in Dantewada district in the Indian state of Chhattisgarh. It is located roughly 400 km south of Raipur, capital of Chhattisgarh and 41 km southwest of Dantewada-the district headquarters. The way to travel is by road with frequent bus service from Raipur, Bhilai and Jagdalpur or by train from Jagdalpur and Vishakhapatnam.

Kirandul railway station

Kirandul railway station serves Kirandul, a city in the Dantewada district in the Indian state of Chhattisgarh.

Kuwakonda

Kuwakonda is a tehsil and the development block headquarters of Dantewada district, Bastar Division, of Chhattisgarh. Kuwakonda is located on the Dantewada–Hyderabad Road, 24 km from the district headquarters in the town of Dantewada.

Mahendra Karma

Mahendra Karma (5 August 1950 – 25 May 2013) was an Indian political leader belonging to Indian National Congress from Chhattisgarh state. He was the leader of the opposition in the Chhattisgarh Vidhan Sabha from 2004 to 2008. In 2005, he played a top role in organising the Salwa Judum movement against Naxalites, a Maoist group in Chhattisgarh. He was a Minister of Industry and Commerce in the Ajit Jogi cabinet since the state formation in 2000 to 2004. He was assassinated by Naxalites on 25 May 2013 in a Maoist attack while returning from a Parivartan Rally meeting organised by his party in Sukma.

Palnar

Palnar is a village positioned in Kuwakonda Block of Dantewada district in Chhattisgarh. Located in rural area of Dantewada district of Chhattisgarh, it is one among the 54 villages of Kuwakonda Block of Dantewada district. As per the government records, the village code of Palnar is 450279. The village has 432 houses.

According to 2011 Census of India, Palnar's population is 1961. Out of this, 943 are males whereas the females count 1018 here. This village has 277 children in the age group of 0–6 years. Out of this 127 are boys and 150 are girls.

Dantewada got Prime Minister’s award for converting Palnar into a cashless village. After the November 8 demonetisation of high-value notes, Dantewada district collector Saurabh Kumar and his team managed to procure fibre and bandwidth from Essar Steel under its corporate social responsibility to create a free wi-fi zone of two and half square km area to kick start digital payments in the village market that houses 14 shops. This village is now connected digitally though it has no cellular connectivity even now.

Penta, Chhattisgarh

Penta is a town in Dantewada district, Chhattisgarh, India.

Rajendra Pambhoi

Rajendra Pambhoi is an Indian politician who was the member of Chhattisgarh Legislative Assembly from Bijapur Assembly constituency (no 71) then Dantewada district, ( now Bijapur district, Chhattisgarh ), during 2003–08. He resides at tehsil and post Bhopalpatnam. He is a member of Indian National Congress.

Tourism in Chhattisgarh

Tourism in Chhattisgarh refers to tourism in Indian state of Chhattisgarh. It is India's 10th largest state and situated in the heart of India, is endowed with a rich cultural heritage and attractive natural diversity. The state has many ancient monuments, rare wildlife, exquisitely carved temples, Buddhist sites, palaces, water falls, caves, rock paintings and hill plateaus. Most of these sites are untouched and unexplored and offer a unique and alternate experience to tourists, compared to traditional destinations which have become overcrowded. For tourists who are tired of the crowds at major destinations will like the Bastar district, with its unique cultural and ecological identity. The green state of Chhattisgarh has 41.33% of its area under forests and is one of the richest bio-diversity areas in the country.

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