Van Dhan Vikas Karyakram
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Van Dhan Vikas Karyakram : Summary

Van Dhan Vikas Karyakram

Guidelines for Mechanism for Marketing of Minor Forest Produce (MFP) Through Minimum Support Price (MSP) & Development of Value Chain for MFP

The tribal communities primarily depend on collection and sale of seasonal minor forest produces (MFP) for livelihood and income generation. Value addition to MFPs at grass root can play an important role in increasing tribal incomes. In addition, this activity is particularly significant for financial empowerment of tribal women as most of the MFPs are collected/ primary processed/used/sold by them.

Van Dhan Vikas Karyakram is primarily a component under the Mechanism for Marketing of Minor Forest Produce (MFP) through Minimum Support Price (MSP) & Development of Value Chain of Ministry of Tribal Affairs (MoTA). The training component of the Scheme is proposed to be taken up in programme (Karyakram) mode to provide enhanced livelihood and income generation for tribals.

Van Dhan Vikas Karyakram is an initiative targeting livelihood generation for tribals by harnessing the wealth of forest i.e. Van Dhan. The programme aims to tap into traditional knowledge & skill sets of tribals by adding technology & IT to upgrade it at each stage and to convert the tribal wisdom into a viable economic activity.

The proposition is to set-up tribal community owned MFP-centric multi-purpose Van Dhan Vikas Kendras (the Kendra) in predominantly tribal districts. About 3000 Van DhanKendrasare proposed to be set up in span of 2 years i.e. 1500 Kendras to be set-up in each year. Each Kendra would act as common facility centres for procurement cum value addition to locally available MFPs and skill based handicraft.

A typical Van Dhan Vikas Kendra shall constitute of 10 tribal Van Dhan Vikas Self Help Groups (SHG), each comprising of upto 30 MFP gatherers or tribal handicraft artisans i.e. about 300 beneficiaries per Kendra (subject to variability as per local conditions). Initially each SHG associated with the Kendra shall involve primary value addition of MFP items through mechanical tools such as decorticators, sickle, secateurs, cutting tools, dryers, graders etc. Subject to successful operations of the SHGs in a Kendra for period of atleast six months, the common infrastructure facilities (pucca Kendra) may be provided to the Kendra such as building, warehouse, primary processing, packaging facilities etc. for use of the SHG members.

The Van Dhan Vikas Kendraswill be established around the catchment areas of the local haat bazaars, where the procurement of the MFPs shall be taken up under the MSP for MFP scheme. As per the estimation there are more than 10000 Haats in the tribal areas. Within the provisions of the scheme of MSP for MFP, it is proposed to modernize these Haat Bazaars with permanent structure and facilities for storage, drinking water, shade, platform, weighing equipment and other tools etc. The modernisation of the Haat bazaars shall be taken up in a phased manner, along with the establishment of the Van Dhan Vikas Kendras.

Efforts shall also made towards convergence of the initiative with the on-going scheme and initiatives of other Central/State level departments/ agency/ institutions such as Aajeevika Mission, Aspirational District Programme, Pradhan Mantri Jan-DhanYojana (PMJDY), Mudra Scheme and NABARD etc. Besides, partnership models with Banks/ PSUs/ private sector shall also be explored for their active participation and financial assistance under CSR funds.

The initiative is expected to provide enhanced livelihood to about 25 lakhs tribal gatherers in the country.