Shri Ramsinh Rathwa
The Scheduled Tribes population in India is 10.43 Cr. i.e. 8.6% of the national population. About 50% of which is estimated to be residing in forest areas and are dependent on Minor Forest Produce for sustainable livelihood and income generation. The Scheme “Mechanism for Marketing of Minor Forest Produce (MFP) through Minimum Support Price (MSP) & Development of Value Chain for MFP”, hold critical importance to bring about the change that is needed to propel the forest based tribal economy on the high path of growth and development.
The Scheme is designed to provide fair deal to tribals by offering Minimum Support Price to the tribal MFP gatherers for forest produces collected by them. It also provisions to bridge the last mile connectivity between the tribals and markets through activation of Haat bazars by strengthening of grassroots infrastructure for MFP procurement, storage, transportation, marketing etc. Besides specific thrust is being given under the Scheme on training and skill upgradation of the tribal artisans in a systematic manner by introducing value addition and marketing through tribal groups and clusters.
Under the leadership of Hon'ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, Government is committed for empowerment of Scheduled Tribes. In the Tribal Carnival organized by TRIFED in the year 2015 in New Delhi, he outlined about the excellence of tribals in the areas of craftsmanship. Taking inspiration from his vision, the ‘Van Dhan Vikas Karyakram’ was launched on 14th April 2018.
TRIFED is committed to take forward the Nation’s vision of overall development for tribal people of India through sustainable and comprehensive implementation of the Scheme and achieving convergence and coherence with other development partners working in this field to enhance tribal income and improve the quality of their life.
The Vandhan program will go a long way in strengthening the efforts of the Ministry of Tribal Affairs and TRIFED to contribute its fullest to foster socio-economic development of tribal dominated areas and also contribute in the growth of national economy.