Moving ahead with the series of State Level webinars conducted to review the progress of the implementation of the Van Dhan Yojana, TRIFED conducted an outreach session with the state teams and VDVKs of the Union Territory of Dadra & Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu recently. The session’s main focus was to plan the way forward regarding the progress of the implementation of the scheme. Attendees from the various agencies (SIAs, SNAs, VDVKCs) said that preparations are in full swing to expand the programme from the currently sanctioned 1 VDVK cluster in the Union Territory to 10 VDVK Clusters by the end of the year.
The webinar started with an address by Shri Pravir Krishna MD, TRIFED, who reiterated the need and importance of implementation of MSP For MFP Scheme, Van Dhan Yojana and other convergence projects which aid in employment and income generation for the tribal people while keeping in mind and implementing complete safety measures during these times of the pandemic.
This was followed by a quick progress update on the status of the implementation of the MSP for the MFP Scheme and Van Dhan Yojana by the regional manager of the region. Based on the discussion with the participating implementing agencies, it was decided that at least 10 VDVKCs would be formed this year, for which additional proposals will be submitted. 2 SFURTI clusters are also in the pipeline. It has also been agreed that the existing SHGs of the Dairy Cooperative structure in the UT will be linked with Van Dhan Yojana. Discussions regarding the prospect of developing a TRIFOOD Park and the launch of a new Tribes India outlet will also be planned.
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During the meeting, it was also agreed that the five-step plan for each VDVKC would be formulated. Step 1 of the five-step plan involves identifying items for Procurement of MFPS in each VDVKC and strengthening it with the planned development of infrastructure, including Procurement Sheds and godowns. Step 2 entails the appointment of Local NGOs or NRLM Officials as Mentors for each Cluster as per guidelines issued and the Release of money to each Cluster by Transferring Rs 10 lacs to each cluster account. Step 3 will require the preparation of a Business Plan for each cluster for taking up Value addition and other formalities, including opening a bank account and setting up signages and Boards for identification of each VDVK Cluster and VDVK. Step 4 envisages the Planning and facilitating of each Cluster into Production, Branding, Packaging and Sale of its selected products as per the Business Plan. And in Step 5, ESDP, SFURTI and TRIFOOD schemes will be converged with respective clusters gradually to expand the programme’s scope.
The rest of the webinar was focused on clarifying any related queries from either the local government teams or the representatives of the Van Dhan Vikas Kendras or clusters. UNICEF representatives also attended the webinar to guide the VDVK members regarding safe practices during COVID. This will provide sustainable livelihoods to more Tribal Families based on Grants for each of the above activities as a viability gap funding for aspirational and far-flung areas of the state to promote growth based on the local asset base and skillsets the people residing there.
TRIFED has organized a series of Webinars with Top Officials of the partner states across the country during May 10 – 28, 2021.
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