Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi has launched the Van Dhan Scheme of Ministry of Tribal Affairs at Bijapur, Chattisgarh.
Under Van Dhan, 10 Self Help Groups of 30 Tribal gatherers will be constituted. The groups are trained and provided with working capital to add value to the products, which they collect from the jungle. Working under the leadership of Collector these groups can then market their products not only within the States but also outside the States. Training and technical support is provided by TRIFED. It is proposed to develop 30,000 such centres in the country.
Besides, the establishment of ‘Van Dhan Vikas Kendra’ is done for offering skill upgradation and capacity building training and setting up of primary processing and value addition facility. This first model Van Dhan Vikas Kendra in Bijapur is being implemented for training of 300 training beneficiaries with a total outlay of Rs 43.38 lakhs for training, providing equipment and tool for primary level processing and infrastructure & building for housing the Kendra. This Kendra to start with will have processing facility for Tamarind brick making, Mahua flower storage facility and chironjee cleaning and packaging.