Year: 2022 | Month: September | Volume 11 | Issue 3
Promoting and Backing Tribal Entrepreneurship in North- East India by the Virtue of Pradhan Mantri Van Dhan Vikas Yojna
Pradhan Mantri Van Dhan Vikas Yojna (PMVDVY), a Central Government initiative, aims to bring a paradigm shift in entrepreneurship by improving tribal livelihood and sustainably harnessing the wealth of the forest. Van Dhan Yojna is a tribal entrepreneurship market-linked development program that focuses on building tribal SHG clusters and developing them into Tribal Van Dhan Kendras. It also tackles major issues that Indian tribes confront, such as land/house ownership with no rights, MFP collecting limits, middleman exploitation, shift from natural sanctuaries and national parks, and absence in forest communities’ development. It is now used in 27 states. The current study depicts the image of PMVVY in the north-eastern part of the country. The North-East area has the most forest cover and unique natural resources. It promotes the notion of ‘Atma-Nirbhar Bharat’ as an important ‘Engines of Growth’ for tribal groups in the North-East. Collective efforts of tribes from forest product collection through value-addition have resulted in the tremendous achievement of PMVDVY in tribal regions of Northeast India. TRIFED’s ‘Aatmanirbhar Abhiyan’ program to make India self-sufficient, with the slogan ‘Go Vocal for Local Go Tribal–Mera Van Mera Dhan Mera Udyam,’ will help in the complete transformation of the country’s tribal economy.
- PMVDVY has supported tribals’ traditional knowledge and skill sets by using technology and IT and turned them into a long-term beneficial economic activity.
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