Dantewada District, also known as Dantewara District or Dakshin Bastar
District (South Bastar District), is a district in the Indian state of
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.
The present collector of
Dantewada is Shri Saurabh Kumar.
1.1 Maoist rebellion
4 Administrative divisions
7 External links
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
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.
The district is currently a part of the Red Corridor. Over the last
year,[when?] more than 350 people have been killed and 50,000 moved
into camps in the
Dantewada district, as a result of a Maoist
In April 2010, the Maoist rebels killed at least 75 Indian soldiers in
a series of attacks on security convoys in Dantewada. In May 2010,
the Naxals targeted the
Special Police Officers traveling in a
civilian bus, killing around 31, to 44, including several
Special Police Officers and civilians.
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.
The average literacy rate of
Dantewada (Dantewara) district is 33.21
Dantewada received the Prime Minister's award for converting Palnar
into a cashless village. After the November 8 demonetisation of
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 although it has no cellular connectivity even now.
Dantewada District has an area of 3,410.50 km².
Dantewada district is divided into four tehsils, each of which is also
a "development block". It is further divided into 114 gram
panchayats. The four tehsils are:
Tehsil with 31 gram panchayats
Tehsil with 34 gram panchayats
Tehsil with 23 gram panchayats
Tehsil with 26 gram panchayats
According to the 2011 census
Dantewada district has a population of
247,029, roughly equal to the half of the nation of Cape Verde.
This gives it a ranking of 540th in
India (out of a total of 640).
The district has a population density of 45 inhabitants per square
kilometre (120/sq mi) . Its population growth rate over the
decade 2001-2011 was 15.56%.
Dantewada has a sex ratio of 1016
females for every 1000 males, and a literacy rate of 42.27%.
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.
^ a b c d e f g "District Census 2011". Census2011.co.in. 2011.
^ "83 districts under the Security Related Expenditure Scheme".
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^ Scores of Indian soldiers killed in Maoist ambushes. BBC. 6 April
^ "Talks with Maoists if they suspend violence: Chidambaram". The
Times Of India. 18 May 2010.
^ "Naxals blow up bus near Dantewada, 50 feared killed". NDTV. 17 May
Dantewada outperforms urban districts in boards". [New
Indian Express]]. 30 April 2017. Retrieved 30 April 2017.
Dantewada district gets Prime Minister's award for converting
Palnar into a cashless village". The Economic Times. Retrieved 29
Chhattisgarh village gets PM award for going cashless".
India Today. Retrieved 29 December 2017.
^ "Reports of National Panchayat Directory: Districts of
Chhattisgarh". Ministry of Panchayati Raj, Government of India.
Archived from the original on 2011-10-11.
^ "Reports of National Panchayat Directory: Blocks of Chhattisgarh".
Ministry of Panchayati Raj, Government of India. Archived from the
original on 2011-10-11.
^ "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.
^ US Directorate of Intelligence. "Country Comparison:Population".
Cape Verde 516,100 July 2011 est.
Information about Dantewada
Places adjacent to
Koraput district, Odisha
Khammam district, Telangana
Malkangiri district, Odisha
Cities and towns in
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in other districts
State of Chhattisgarh
Capital: Raipur (Legislative)
Naya Raipur (Administrative)
Coordinates: 18°54′N 81°21′E / 18.900°N 81.350°E /