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Central government had launched PM Van Dhan Yojana and now the new trifed.tribal.gov.in has been launched on 27 June 2020. In this Pradhan Mantri Mera Van Mera Dhan Mera Udyam Scheme, Ministry of Tribal Affairs will establish 50,000 Self Help Groups across the entire country. The main focus is to harness the forest wealth (non-timber produce) of upto Rs. 2 lakh crore and to utilize it for the welfare of the tribal people through self help groups (SHGs).
In the first phase, govt. had launch this scheme in 115 aspirational districts and now is getting implemented in all tribal areas. This scheme is ensuring that the benefits of value addition and appropriate prices are given to the tribal people. Govt. will implement it through a 3 stage value addition process resulting in the enhanced income for tribal. PM Van Dhan Yojana (PMVDY) is a movement spread across 27 states.
PM Van Dhan Scheme, Jan Dhan Scheme and Gobar Dhan Scheme are the flagship schemes of Modi government. PM Narendra Modi had launched this scheme on Dr. Ambedkar Jayanti on 14 April 2018 at Chhattisgarh.
Pradhan Mantri Van Dhan Yojana 2020 to Setup Van Dhan Vikas Kendras
PM Van Dhan Yojana (PMVDY) aims to tap the traditional knowledge and skills of tribals and add branding, packaging and marketing skills to optimize their income through a market led enterprise model by setting up of Van Dhan Kendras (VDVK). The ‘Van Dhan Karyakram’ under the Ministry of Tribal Affairs will establish 50,000 VDVK’s in the tribal areas across the country. It would ensure livelihood generation and empowerment of the tribal people. Van Dhan scheme has the cluster of Self Help Groups to support tribals and is the
mainstay for their family income who are living in and around the forest areas.
Trifed Tribal Portal – Tribal Handicrafts / Handlooms & Van Dhan Essentials
Ministry of Tribal Affairs is the nodal department at central level and TRIFED is the nodal agency at national level. It is a well thought master plan for the socio-economic development of the tribal population of the country. Its crucial steps are to identify locations and MFPs, identify tribal gatherers, annual MFP gathering plan and finalize value added produces. The official link to access the portal is https://trifed.tribal.gov.in/. TRIFED is committed to transform the lives of tribals in India through:-
As of now, there are 365,800 gatherers, 1205 VDVKs, 174 districts and Rs. 167 crores funded.
PM Mera Van Mera Dhan Mera Udyam Scheme
PM Van Dhan Scheme has a huge potential to empower the tribals. Govt. will focus on convergence with Panchayati Raj. This scheme will focus on building upon traditional knowledge and skill sets of tribal. This will be done through adding technology and IT for value addition. In forested tribal districts, govt. will make every possible effort to set-up tribal community owned Van Dhan Vikas Kendras.
Features of PM Van Dhan Vikas Yojana
The main features of PM Van Dhan Vikas Yojana are as follows:-
- Initiative targeting livelihood generation for tribal gatherers and transforming them into entrepreneurs.
- Idea is to set-up tribal community owned Van Dhan Vikas Kendras (VDVKs) in predominantly forested tribal districts.
- A Kendra shall constitute of 15 tribal SHGs, each comprising of up to 20 tribal NTFP gatherers or artisans i.e. about 300 beneficiaries per Van Dhan Kendra
- 100% Central Government Funded with TRIFED providing Rs. 15 lakhs for each 300 member Van Dhan Kendra.
- For further details, visit the link at https://trifed.tribal.gov.in/pmvdy
Progress of PM Van Dhan Yojana (200 Days Report, March 2020)
Till Date, there are 1,205 Van Dhan Vikas Kendras with around 3.7 lakhs beneficiaries. As of now, there are around 18,075 self help groups (SHGs) and Rs. 16,579 funds have been sanctioned. Under VDY, each Van Dhan Vikas Kendra comprises of 15 Self Help Groups and 300 beneficiaries. PM Van Dhan Scheme targets to generate livelihood for tribal. This is done through harnessing non-timber forest produce and to utilize true wealth of forest (Van Dhan). The forest wealth is estimated to be around Rs. 2 lakh crore per year. This mission will promote and hold the collective strength of tribal through SHGs to achieve scale. Read the 200 days report of PM Van Dhan Yojana (March 2020) through the link below:-
Procurement through SHGs under PM Van Dhan Yojana
Govt. has proposed to undertake grass root level procurement through SHGs in association of other Implementing Agencies. Other govt. departments will also work simultaneously to utilize the services of existing SHGs like Ajeevika. All SHGs will also be provided appropriate training on sustainable harvesting / collection, primary processing & value addition.
These SHGs will work in clusters and thus will fulfill the stock availability in tradable quantity. Moreover, govt. will also provide them with a facility of primary processing in all of these newly established Van Dhan Vikas Kendras.