NITI AAYOG -TRIFED join hands for implementation of Van Dhan Yojana in Tribal Clusters
2nd Aug, 2021
Towards realizing the goal of “SabkaSaath, SabkaVikas”, TRIFED has joined hands with NITI Aayog to implement the Van DhanYojana in the aspirational districtsidentified by NITI Aayog.
About the Van DhanYojana
- The Van Dhan Scheme is an initiative of the Ministry of Tribal Affairs and TRIFED.
- It was launched in 2018 and seeks to improvetribal incomes through the value addition of tribal products.
- The scheme will be implemented by the Ministry of Tribal Affairs as Nodal Department at the Central Level and TRIFED will be the Nodal Agency at the National Level.
- At the State level, the State Nodal Agency and the District collectors will be responsible for the implementation at the grassroots level.
- At the unit level, aggregation of produce would be done through SHGs having about 30 members each forming Van DhanVikas ‘Samuh’.
- The SHGs would also undertake primary value addition of the Micro Forest Produce (MFPs) using equipment such as small cutting and sieving tools, decorticator, dryer, packaging tool,etc based on MFPs available in the area.
- The establishment of "Van DhanVikas Kendra" is to provide skill up-gradation and capacity building training and setting up of primary processing and value addition facility.
- The Van DhanVikasKendras will be an important milestone in achieving the economic development of tribals who are involved in the collection of MFPs by helping them in optimum utilization of natural resources and providing sustainable MFP-based livelihood in MFP-rich districts.
Aspirational Districts Programme
- The Government of India has launched the 'Transformation of Aspirational Districts' initiative in January 2018.
- Implementation: NITI Aayog anchors the program with support from Central Ministries and the State Governments.
- Aim: The ‘Transformation of Aspirational Districts’ Programmeaims to expeditiously improve the socio-economic status of 117 districts from across 28 states.
- Principles: The three core principles of the program are –
- Convergence (of Central & State Schemes)
- Collaboration (among citizens and functionaries of Central & State Governments including district teams)
- Competition among districts.
- Themes: The program focuses on 5 main themes - Health & Nutrition, Education, Agriculture & Water Resources, Financial Inclusion & Skill Development, and Basic Infrastructure.
- It was established in August 1987 under the Multi-State Cooperative Societies Act, 1984.
- This is a National level Cooperative body under the administrative control of Ministry of Tribal Affairs.
- It is mandate of bringing about socio-economic development of tribals of the country by institutionalizing the trade of Minor Forest Produce (MFP) & Surplus Agricultural Produce (SAP) collected/ cultivated by them.