Th has proposed to set up 3000 Van Dhan Kendras involving 30,000 Self Help Groups (SHGs) across the country under its Van Dhan Scheme. This will help in empowering tribals by providing them skill up-gradation and capacity building training for value addition of forest produce for modernizing the traditional tribal-rural economic system.
The scheme was launched by Prime Minister on 14th April 2018 during the celebrations of Ambedkar Jayanti at Bijapur Chattisgarh. It aims at targeting livelihood generation for tribals by harnessing non-timber minor forest produces (MFP), the true wealth of forest (i.e. Van Dhan). For this, it will provide them skill up-gradation and capacity building training for value addition of forest produce. Value addition will ensure remunerative prices to tribals.
TRIFED will facilitate the establishment of MFP-led multi-purpose kendras predominantly forested tribal districts. This kendras will be a cluster of 10 SHGs comprising of 30 tribal MFP gatherers each. They will provide skill upgradation and capacity building training and be setting up of primary processing and value addition facility. Locally this kendras will be managed by Managing Committee (an SHG) consisting of representatives of Van Dhan SHGs in the cluster. Big corporates will help to create secondary level value addition facility at the district level and tertiary level value addition facility at the state level under the PPP model.