On 24th July 2020, The Tribal Cooperative Marketing Development Federation of India (TRIFED) under the Ministry of Tribal Affairs(MoTA) signed a tripartite Memorandum of Understanding(MoU) with Indian Institute of Technology(IIT) – Delhi and Vijnana Bharati (VIBHA), a Swadeshi Science Movement under the Unnat Bharat Abhiyan(UBA), a flagship programme under the Ministry of Human Resource Development(MHRD).
Objective of the partnership:
To increase the opportunities for better livelihood and income generation for the tribal communities.
Features of MoU:
i.Under this partnership, the Tribal entrepreneurs under the Van Dhan Programme of TRIFED will get access to the expertise of the network of more than 2600 academic and research institutions under the UBA.
ii.TRIFED with IIT Delhi, the National Coordinating Institute(NCI) for UBA, promotes the livelihood of the tribal community through Van Dhan Vikas Kendras under the Van Dan Yojana(VDY).
iii.The beneficiaries of Van Dan Yojana will utilise the Tech4Seva, information Enterprise resource planning (ERP) portal (CSIR-UBA-VIBHA), to develop scientific affordable and sustainable solutions for the issues identified at the grassroots level.
iv.The partnership promotes the income generating programmes through the collaboration of the concerned ministries, district administrations, local Panchayat Raj Institutes(PRIs), Voluntary Organisations and other stakeholders.
v.The tribal communities engaged in Minor Forest Produces(MFPs) will get exposure in new processing technologies, product innovation, mentorship, transformational digital systems and handholding.
Role of VIBHA:
i.The VIBHA will map and reach out to the stakeholders for convergence to strengthen the Van Dhan Yojana.
ii.VIBHA supports the gathering and passing of crucial data on the needs and possible interventions to TRIFED, UBA and the tribal communities.
Unnat Bharat Abhiyan(UBA):
i.Unnat Bharat Abhiyan(UBA) is envisioning transformational changes in the rural development processes.
ii.The UBA connects the villages with the educational institutions to enhance the social and economic conditions of the rural communities and to build an inclusive India.
For more details about UBA:
Van Dhan Yojana:
i.Van Dhan Yojana of TRIFED, is a program for value addition, branding and marketing the MFPs by establishing Van Dhan kendras of more than 300 members across India to develop sustainable livelihood for the forest based tribal gatherers.
ii.Around 1,205 tribal enterprises have been established to provide employment opportunities to around 3.6 Lakh tribal gatherers and 18000 self-help groups(SHGs) in 22 states.
Managing Director– Pravir Krishna
Head Office– New Delhi
Works under- Ministry of Tribal Affairs
About Ministry of Tribal Affairs:
Union Minister– Arjun Munda
Minister of State– Renuka Singh Saruta
Recent Related News:
i.TRIFED under the Ministry of Tribal Affairs and Art of Living(AOL) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU)to collaborate in programmes of each organisation to promote tribal enterprises.
ii.“Tech for Tribal” has been launched by TRIFED in association with IIT-Kanpur, IIT-Roorkee, IIM Indore, Kalinga Institute of Social Science, Bhubaneshwar (Odisha) and SRIJAN, Jaipur (Rajasthan) to provide entrepreneurship skills to the tribal people.