Ministry of Tribal Affairs decision on ‘Pradhan Mantri Van Dhan Yojana’ to be domain Game-Changer in tribal areas, says Secretary, Deepak Khandekar
Pradhan Mantri Van Dhan Yojana driving Atma-Nirbhar Bharat as ‘Engines of Growth’ for Tribal Communities in North East, says experts
Guwahati, 01 Oct (PIB):
TRIFED in North Eastern States with its Van Dhan Vikas Kendras are driving the socio-economic development of the tribal population. In a Webinar organised by Press Information Bureau, Guwhati on the topic ‘Success Stories Pradhan Mantri Van Dhan Yojana- driving Atmanirbhar Bharat for Tribal Communities in North East’ here today, Union Minister of Tribal Affairs, Chief Minister of Sikkim, senior officials from Ministry of Tribal Affairs and TRIFED discussed about the potential and role of Van Dhan Vikas Kendras from entrepreneurial sector and policy perspective.
Speaking on the occasion, Union Minister of Tribal Affairs, Arjun Munda said that Central Government initiatives are bringing paradigm shift in entrepreneurship and help meet the aspiration of the youth in North East. He emphasised on the importance of market accessibility and said that products of the tribal areas are environment friendly. Union Minister said that creating demand in global market is important along with value added products quality. He said that North East region has unique natural resources and this has to be leveraged for making product which would be competitive in global market place. Shri Munda said that the export of products from tribal areas is encouraging and has huge potential from perspective of employment. In this webinar platform, appreciating the efforts of Sikkim people, in a unique gesture Union Minister launched the Pradhan Mantri Van Dhan Kendras of Sikkim with well wishes to them.
Chief Minister of Sikkim, Prem Singh Tamang, appreciated the efficacy of the Pradhan Mantri Van Dhan Yojana and said that its advantages have a correlation to the socio-economic development of the region.
Secretary, Ministry of Tribal Affairs, Deepak Khandekar said that the decision is a Game-Changer in the North East with Pradhan Mantri Van Dhan Yojana driving Atma-Nirbhar Bharat as ‘Engines of Growth’ for Tribal Communities in North East.
In a detailed discussion, MD, TRIFED Shri Pravir Krishna said that ‘Van Dhan Yojana’ is a Market Linked Tribal Entrepreneurship Development Program for forming clusters of tribal SHGs and strengthening them into Tribal Van Dhan Kendras. This is for promoting enterprise by developing clusters of tribal SHGs and strengthening them into Van Dhan Vikas Kendras of 300 members each. It’s objective is to take the ‘MSP for MFP program’ to the next level through establishing tribal enterprises, generating livelihoods leading to income enhancement. It is a program for gathering, value addition, processing, packaging, branding and retail-marketing for MFP products through tribal entrepreneurs.
The Webinar which had vast galaxy of dignitaries, which included Chief Secretary, Suresh Gupta, Sikkim, Secretary, N Darlong, Tribal Welfare Dept, Tripura, Secretary, Anden Konyak, DUDA, Nagaland and Secretary TOKA MPCS, Kathi Chishi, Nagaland. With Optimism, the dignitaries provided a perspective and the commonalities which emerged from the discussion include that North Eastern States are leading in implementation of Van Dhan Kendras. They said that the Value-added products such hill brooms, wild honey, candles and ointments made of rock beeswax, bamboo bottles, aloe vera soaps, amla murabba (gooseberries) are providing income and employment opportunities for tribal communities.
The two hours Knowledge cum Informative session had State Nodal Department/State Implementing Agencies of NE States for TRIFED. With optimism experts from each North East states explained their Strategy and how the Pradhan Mantri Van Dhan Yojana is driving Atma-Nirbhar Bharat for Tribal Communities in North East. Director, Abhijit Sharma and Project Consultant, Hemanta Rabha, Indian Institute of Entrepreneurship, Guwahati, Smt Gaithaolu Thaimei CF, Incharge Vandhan (Forest Dept), Manipur participated in the Webinar and provided their inputs as how Van Dhan Vikas Kendras are making a difference in socio-economic development of the Tribal Communities.
ADG, Nanu Bhasin, New Delhi welcomed all the participants in the discussion. ADG (North East Region), SN Pradhan, PIB Imphal was also present on the occasion.
The entire webinar was planned, managed and coordinated by Joint Director (M&C), Samrat Bandyopadhyay, PIB, Guwahati. Along with eminent journalists and other government senior officials from PIB, Doordarshan, Regional Outreach Bureau, All India Radio, New Delhi, Guwahati and other states of the country were also present on the occasi