Shri Arjun Munda, Hon’ble Minister for Tribal Affairs launches the tribal livelihoods initiative, “Sankalp se Siddhi – MissionVan Dhan”
New premises of TRIFED headquarters inaugurated
Seven new Tribes India Outlets inaugurated virtually at Jagdalpur, Ranchi, Jagdalpur and Sarnath
An important initiative, aimed at sustainable livelihoods for our tribal population, Sankalp Se Siddhi – Mission Van Dhan, was launched by Shri Arjun Munda, Hon’ble Minister for Tribal Affairs on June 15, 2021. The event also witnessed the inauguration of the new premises of the TRIFED headquarters. Shri Arjun Munda inaugurated the new office at 4:30 pm by cutting the ribbon in the presence of Smt Renuka Singh, Minister of State, Shri Bhaskar Khulbe, Advisor to the Hon’ble Prime Minister, Shri Ramesh Chand Meena, Chairman TRIFED, and Shri Pravir Krishna, Managing Director, TRIFED.
Speaking on the occasion, Shri Munda remarked, “I am delighted to inaugurate the new premises of TRIFED and unveil some noteworthy initiatives that TRIFED has been working towards, such as Sankalp se Siddhi – Mission Van Dhan. Implementation of this crucial mission will definitely result in the transformation of the tribal ecosystem in our country. It is commendable that the Ministry of Tribal Affairs and the TRIFED team has achieved this, despite the difficult circumstances of the past two years.”
Smt Renuka Singh, Hon’ble Minister of State, Ministry of Tribal Affairs said, “It is noteworthy that the new initiatives being unveiled today will take care of all aspects of tribal empowerment, be it spreading awareness about the richness of tribal lifestyle and natural produce with the Immunity Boost product hampers and the attractively designed H&IG products which are not only sustainable.”
Shri Bhaskar Khulbe, Advisor to the Hon’ble Prime Minister complimented the TRIFED team for their new premises and said, “I am happy that a slew of initiatives, all benefitting the tribal population are being launched today.”
The new Office premises at NSIC Complex, Okhla Industrial Area, Phase-III, New Delhi is 30,000 sq ft in area and has state-of-the-art infrastructure and is equipped with two conference rooms for video conferencing and other latest amenities.
TRIFED has been implementing several noteworthy programmes for the empowerment of the tribals. Over the past two years,
The ‘Mechanism for Marketing of Minor Forest Produce (MFP) through Minimum Support Price (MSP) & Development of Value Chain for MFP’ has impacted the tribal ecosystem in a major way. It has injected Rs 3000 crores into the tribal economy. The Van Dhan tribal start-ups, a component of the same scheme, has emerged as a source of employment generation for tribal gatherers and forest dwellers and the home-bound tribal artisans. In less than two years, 37,362 Van Dhan Vikas Kendras (VDVKs), subsumed into 2240 Van Dhan Vikas Kendra Clusters (VDVKCs) of 300 forest dwellers each, have been sanctioned by TRIFED out of which 1200 VDVK Clusters are operational. Under Retail Marketing, a total number of 134 Tribes India Outlets have been opened till date. Besides, two TRIFOOD Projects at Jagdalpur and Raigarh (Maharashtra) are being shortly commissioned for undertaking value-addition of various forest products being procured by beneficiaries of Van Dhan Kendras. TRIFED now plans to expand its operations through convergence of various schemes of different Ministries and Departments and launch the various tribal development programs in Mission Mode under “Sankalp Se Siddhi – Mission Van Dhan”. Through this mission, establishment of 50,000 Van Dhan Vikas Kendras, 3000 Haat Bazaars, 600 Godowns, 200 Mini TRIFOOD Units, 100 Common Facility Centres, 100 TRIFOOD parks, 100 SFURTI clusters, 200 Tribes India retail stores, ecommerce platforms for TRIFOOD and Tribes India brands is being planned.
Other initiatives launched today included the Van Dhan Software Application, a Tribes India Coffee Table Book and gift hampers comprising of immunity boosters and other attractive gifts. Twenty -five new designed products from the recently completed Design workshop training programs for the Boksa tribal artisans at Rishikesh and Meena tribal artisans at Jaipur, were also launched today.
Shri Munda also declared open 7 more Tribes India outlets, 2 in Jagdalpur, 3 in Ranchi, 1 in Jamshedpur and 1 at Sarnath. Showcasing tribal products from all over the country, the outlets will have specific GI and Vandhan corners and will display the large variety of GI tagged and natural products from different parts of the country. With these outlets, the total number of Tribes India outlets have gone up to 141.
Shri Pravir Krishna, Managing Director, TRIFED said speaking on the occasion, “TRIFED is working consistently on its mission towards making the tribals atmanirbhar and self-reliant. These are just a glimpse of the activities it has undertaken in this regard. The team is striving in this direction and will continue to do so.”
With the emphasis of the PM on Vocal for local and building a self-reliant India, TRIFED, as the nodal agency working towards tribal empowerment, continues to launch and start new initiatives that helps in improving the income and livelihood of the tribal people, while preserving their way of life and traditions.