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