Van Dhan Yojana: A milestone, expanded from 18,000 Van Dhan SHGs to 50,000

Highlights:

  • On June 15, 2020, a webinar was organized by the TRIFED (Tribal Cooperative Marketing Development Federation of India).
  • The webinar was titled “Van Dhan: Tribal Startups Bloom in India”.
  • PM Narendra Modi-led government will expand the coverage of its PM Van Dhan Yojana from the current 18,000 SHGs to 50,000 Van Dhan SHGs.
  • India's tribal population has been severely impacted from the onslaught of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Van Dhan Start-ups :
  • Van Dhan Start-ups, established under the scheme initiated by TRIFED under the Ministry of Tribal Affairs has emerged as a source of employment generation for tribal gatherers and forest dwellers and also the home-bound labour and artisans.
  • The aim of the Start-ups scheme is to treble the coverage to 10 lakh tribal gatherers through the Covid-19 relief plan of the Ministry of Tribal Affairs.
  • 1205 Tribal Enterprises have been established to provide employment opportunities to 3.6 lakh tribal gatherers and 18000 Self-help groups in 22 States.
  • The tribal enterprises have been able to create market linkages, transforming tribal gatherers into entrepreneurs.
  • States like Nagaland and Rajasthan have been the beneficiaries of this scheme.
  • The programme has been of critical significance for tribal livelihoods. 
  • It has ensured that the proceeds from the sales of these value-added products go to the tribals directly.
  • A TRIFED website was also commissioned for a trial run till 30 June (before the formal launch by the Union Minister for Tribal Affairs) and a procurement platform will be launched by 30 July 2020.