DANTEWADA AT A GLIMPSE
Dantewada is a beautiful district in Southern Bastar Division of the state of Chhattisgarh. The district is divided into four tehsils - Dantewada, Geedam, Kuakonda and Katekalyan. In the recent times, Dantewada has become popular for various successful schemes of the District Administration which have garnered accolades from all sections --
- Danteshwari Sewa: Free e-rickshaws given to tribal women enabling them to make a living on their own.
- Business Process Outsourcing (BPO): Chhattisgarh’s largest BPO providing jobs to the youth of the region.
- Kadaknath Poultry Farming: Actively encouraging the farming of Black Chicken with medicinal properties.
- Saksham: A barrier-free residential educational unit for children with special needs.
- Livelihood College: Skill development for employment/self-employment.
- Aastha Vidya Mandir: A residential school with modern infrastructure and amenities.
- Pota Cabins: Portable cabins meeting educational needs of students in naxal-affected areas
- Choo Lo Asma: Coaching for IIT-JEE and NEET
- Lakshya: An institute to provide free coaching for Civil Services examinations.
- Kshirsagar: Actively encouraging the production of milk and dairy products
In fact, in April 2017, Dantewada District Collector Saurabh Kumar had been awarded Prime Minister Excellence Award in public administration sector for his successful initiative of converting Palnaar village into the first cashless village of Chhattisgarh after de-monitization. District Administration facilitated easy-top POS machines in shopping complexes, dairy shops, general stores, puncture repair shops etc, to provide shopkeepers with the facility of e-payment. Global audit major KPMG has selected Dantewada Education City as one of the top 100 urban infrastructure projects in the world. With the above schemes and many more, Dantewada has not only become an educational hub in the region, but a successful model for development of the tribal people.
Dantewada city is one of the ancient cities in the Central India and was the capital of a glorious kingdom in its golden past. This town was also known as Tarlapal and Dantawali in pre-historical days, mention of which can be found on the stone carvings found in the district. Named after the Goddess Danteshwari, the presiding deity of the earlier Kakatiya rulers, Dantewada city is situated 80 kms from Jagdalpur, Chhattisgarh and can be an ideal location to set a base while exploring the district.