The Modi Government has planned to set up 3000 above Van Dhan Kendras in 2018 – 19. Ministry of Tribal Affairs will install 30,000 above Self Help Groups across the whole country. The primary goal is to harness the forest wealth (non-timber produce) of up to Rs. 2 lakh crore and to use it for the welfare of the tribal people through SHGs.
In the first state, The Modi govt. Will launch Van Dhan Scheme 2018-19 115 aspirational districts and later it will get executed in all tribal areas. This scheme will guarantee that the advantages of value addition and suitable prices are given to the tribal people. The Modi Govt. will execute it through a 3 stage value addition process resulting in the enhanced income for tribals.
Van Dhan Scheme, Jan Dhan Scheme, and Gobar Dhan Scheme are the flagship schemes of Modi government. PM Narendra Modi has begun this scheme on Dr. Ambedkar Jayanti on 14 April 2018 at Chhattisgarh.
Van Dhan Scheme 2018-19 which begins by Modi Govt will target to produce the livelihood for tribals. This is done by harnessing non-timber forest produce and to utilize the actual wealth of forest (Van Dhan). The forest wealth is expected to be around Rs. 2 lakh crore per year. This mission will support and take the joint strength of tribals through SHGs to achieve scale. PM Van Dhan Scheme 2018 has an enormous potential to empower the tribals. Govt. will concentrate on meeting with Panchayati Raj. Initially, Govt. Will implement this scheme in aspirational districts and then in the next period, govt. Will implement this scheme in all tribal areas.
Pradhan Mantri Van Dhan Scheme will concentrate on building upon the inherited knowledge and skill sets of tribals. This will be only done by attaching technology and IT for value addition. In forested tribal districts, govt. Will make every reasonable effort to set-up tribal area owned Van Dhan Vikas Kendras. Each such Kendra will comprise of 10 tribal SHGs in which each SHG will have 30 tribal NTFP gatherers and artisans. This will ensure around 300 recipients per Kendra.
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