The Special Development Council (SDC) has been established in nine tribal dominated districts namely

  • Gajapati
  • Kandhamal
  • Keonjhar
  • Koraput
  • Malkangiri
  • Mayurbhanj
  • Nowrangapur
  • Rayagada
  • Sundergarh

covering 117 blocks, 2022 Gram Panchayats (GPs), 18687 villages, and 14.05 lakh ST households.