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         Spread over an area of 2110 sq. Kms and having the height of 100 .414 metre. from sea level, Godda district is situated between 240.47' to 250.23'  Northern Latitude and between 870.08' to 870.48' Eastern Longitude in the map of India. Its eastern part from north to south is covered with forest whose area is 239.34 sq. Kms . and is a hilly track. Its western side is plain . The district is bounded by the district of Sahebganj in the north , Dumka district in the south , Pakur district in the east and Banka and Bhagalpur districts of Bihar state in the west .

            Out of the eight Prakhands of the district Boarijore and Sunderpahari   fall under Damin Area, which has special status and revenue law due to different socio-economic, ethnic and cultural values.   The two blocks according to 1991 census   have 63.03% and 80.52% tribal population respectively on the hills and plains . Among the rest six blocks , Poraiyahat  has also 35.79% tribal population. Thus the three blocks - Boarijore , Sunderpahari & Poraiyahat  together extending from north to south in the eastern part of the district shared more than 50% ( That is 1142 sq. kms. ) of the geographical area and divide the entire district distinctly in two parts . The predominating features of the tribal region, whose major part is covered by the Rajmahal hill range is rocky, infertile and dotted with hills heavily eroded slopes and degraded forest.

            The primary occupation of the aboriginal tribes are hunting , sheep - rearing, animal husbandry, gathering of forest produce and traditional agriculture. The soil is of a very poor quality and is not well suited for cultivation except that of north - west part of the district owing to undulating topography . The tribals inhabiting this region following there traditional way of living , social habits and economic practices are mostly small and marginal farmers and agricultural labourers having little productive assets and mostly they have been identified  as poorest of the poor. They are also exposed to exploitation of various kinds and remain no better than hewers of wood and drawers of water .


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