Secretary Ministry of Tribal Affairs

Sh. Anil Kumar Jha, IAS
Secretary to Govt. of India

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Ministry of Tribal Affairs and TRIFED are organizing a National Level Workshop on 28th February 2019 on the Scheme “Mechanism for Marketing of Minor Forest Produce (MFP) through Minimum Support Price (MSP) & Development of Value Chain for MFP”, a very important and critical initiative by Ministry of Tribal Affairs for the tribal population of the country. The Scheme is designed to be implemented through State and District level functionaries. The Scheme has a great significance for the various forest based tribes who constitute over 8.6% of the total population of the country. Minor forest produces are a major source of livelihood and income generation for these population. PESA and FRA have conferred ownership of MFP to forest dwellers and promote transformative growth of tribal community. However, it is of utmost importance to streamline the process of the Scheme. Therefore, the scheme implementation architecture has been decentralized with involvement of District level functionaries for effective implementation. I would expect that all stakeholders across the States come together and make this program successful for the benefit of the tribal population of the country. My best wishes.