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Brief About Nuapada District
Nuapada District belongs to state of Odisha, India. The District is located in the western part of Odisha. It lies between 20 degree N and 21 degree 5’ latitude and 82 degree 40’ E longitude. The boundaries of Nuapada extends in the north, west and south to Raipur District of Chattishgarh and in the east to Bargarh, Balangir and Kalahandi Districts of Odisha. This district is spread over in an area of 3407.5 sqare K.m. The administrative headquarters of the District is located at Nuapada itself. The District of Nuapada was a part of Undivided Kalahandi District till early March 1993, but for the administrative convenience, Kalahandi District was divided into two parts i.e. Kalahandi and Nuapada vide State Government Notification No. DRC-44/93/14218/R. dated 27 March 1993. Present Nuapada District comprises one sub-division (Nuapada), five Tahsils (Nuapada ,Khariar, Komna, Boden and Sinapali) and five Blocks (Khariar, Sinapalli, Boden, Nuapada and Komna).

The plains of Naupada subdivision fringed by rugged hill ranges stretch southward, which belong to the main line of the Eastern Ghats and contains extensive plateaus of about 4000 ft (1200 m) in elevation with long tropical grass grown over them. They contain mineral deposits such as laterite, graphite and bauxite. The hill sides rising up precipitously from the plains are covered with dense sal forests. The forests of the District are managed under Forest Division named as Khariar Division. According to the composition of forests in the District, it can be classified into Sal forests, Teak forests, miscellaneous forests.There are other forest species such as Teak and Bamboo. All these are situated in the dry deciduous forest zone. Timber is by far the major forest products and Sal is no doubt, a major constituent of these products. Other important species of Nuapada forests, are Bija, Asan, Bandhan.

There are some other minor forest produces of this region which include Kendu leaf, Broom-grass, Mohua flower and Its seed, Antia bark and Sabai-grass. Timber, Bamboo and kendu leaf are the major produces which are exported outside of the state. Nuapada District was created on 1st April 1993 by carving out of undivided Kalahandi District with an area of 3408 Sq. Kms. it consists of 663 nos. of Revenue villages having population of 5,30,690 as per 2001 census. The total no. of rural households in the District is 1,27,022 as per the 2001 census. Total no. of BPL families is 99,465 in the District,which is 78% of the total population. As per the administrative is concerned there are 109 G.Ps, 3 N.A.Cs and 6 Police Stations. The total Scheduled Caste (SC) population of the District is 72,296 and Scheduled Tribe (ST)population is 1,84,221, which comprise 13.62 % and 34.71 % respectively of the total population.