50,000 (2001 IBT).
Andhra Pradesh state: Odisha, Koraput district.
None known. Phonology and grammar show Indo-European relationship, not related to Dravidian Duruwa Parji. 86%–96% intelligibility between Bodo and Jhodia caste varieties. Lexical similarity: 76%–86% with Bodo and Jhodia caste varieties, 70%–89% with Desia.
Most have low proficiency in Adivasi Oriya [ort], which is used in the market.
Oriya script [Orya].
Paroja is a Scheduled Tribe; the name comes from Sanskrit [san] subjects. It is used for a variety of ethnic groups from different language families. Hindu, Christian, traditional religion.