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Van Dhan Scheme : #GoTribal campaign

      HEADLINES:

Webinar on “Van Dhan Scheme: learnings for post COVID-19” organized by DST, Rajasthan in association with TRIFED, M/O Tribal Affairs

      WHY IN NEWS:

A Webinar under Know Your Scheme-Lecture Series on “Van Dhan Yojana : Learning For Post Covid-19” was organized today by the Department of Science and Technology, Government of Rajasthan in association with Trifed, Ministry of Tribal Affairs, Government of India.

MINISTRY? :-Ministry of Tribal Affairs
SYLLABUS COVERED: GS 3:Scheme

      LEARNING: 

For PRELIMS remember the important campaigns from this scheme and make a note on several initiatives under this umbrella scheme .

For MAINS what are the possible improvements that can be achieved in short span of time with respect to integration of Tribal societies with Urbanisation .

      ISSUE: 

  The biggest challenge for tribal artisans, however, is to market their products effectively and make more people aware of the top quality items they develop.

BACKGROUND:

  • Almost all the States and UTs in India are affected by it, in varying degrees.
  • The situation has also dealt a  blow to the livelihoods of the poor and marginalized communities.
  • The tribal gatherers can be one of  the worst affected in these trying times, since this is the peak season for harvesting Non Timber Forest Produce (NTFP) in many regions.
  • About 5 lakhs of tribal artisans make their living through handicraft & handlooms, engaged in Textile weaving, Metal Crafts, Home Décor, Jewellery, Block Printing, ornamental Painting etc.

 

  TRIFED (under Ministry of Tribal Affairs) has been playing an instrumental role in this regard by procuring tribal-made products and selling them to the masses in India and worldwide under the banner of TRIBES India.

GO TRIBAL CAMPAIGN :

  • They have launched a #GoTribal campaign and are growing from strength to strength via opening up of over 120 permanent outlets aross the country (including airports), ecommerce platforms, exhibitions, organizing grand ‘Aadi Mahotsavs.
  • TRIFED has entering into tie-ups for providing training to the artisans for further capacity building, quality improvement and market alignment.
  • Over 50 lakhs tribals depend on forest produces, having inherent skills in forest produce harvesting.
  • Tribal Forest produce gatherers usually collect about half to one tonne of Forest produce in a year.

  The VanDhan Yojana aims at changing this scenario to increase the share of tribal gatherers.

  • The importance of procuring notified NTFP items at Minimum Support Price, improving infrastructure facilities available at Village Haats and warehouses, and finally developing the value chain of forest produce by enabling forest gatherers to run micro enterprises engaged in value addition.
  • Through Minimum Support Price, it is feasible to assure a revenue of Rs.20,000 to Rs.30,000 per person per year and through VanDhan Value addition Scheme.

VARIOUS INITIATIVED BY TRIFED :

  • TECH FOR TRIBALS : TRIFED is also going forward with ‘Tech for Tribals’ initiative by partnering with leading IITs and IIMs of the country along with the Ministry of MSME to form an Entrepreneurship Skill Development Program.
  • #ISTANDWITHHUMANITY: TRIFED has collaborated with the Art of Living Foundation’s #iStandWithHumanity Initiative through a Stand With Tribal Families component in providing much needed Ration Kits for survival of the tribal community.
  • VAN DHAN SAMAJIK DOORI JAGROOKTA ABHIYAAN: TRIFED also initiated Van Dhan Samajik Doori Jagrookta Abhiyaan in association with UNICEF, under which tribals are being provided with crucial information regarding COVID-19 with several guidelines, nationwide and state-specific webinars and instructions on safety measures to be followed.
  • REVISED MSP : The Ministry of Tribal Affairs has also revised the Minimum Support Prices of NTFP items to provide much needed relief to forest gatherers in these trying times.

DESCRIBING BEST PRACTICES BEING FOLLOWED UNDER VANDHAN:

  •  DOOR TO DOOR PROCUREMENT: of NTFP items in Chhattisgarh, sale of Van Dhan products through mobile vans in Manipur, establishment of MFP Processing units (TRIFOOD) at Raigad, ‘Apni Dukan’ initiative in Madhya Pradesh, among others.
  • VANDHAN VIKAS KENDRAS: 145 VanDhan Vikas Kendras that can be sanctioned in Rajasthan and may be established as ‘Tribal Startups for Atmanirbhar Bharat’.

      IASbhai WINDUP: 

“We just need to help them with their skills in Value addition and enabling them as Micro enterprises.

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