Ministry of Tribal Affairs Current Affairs - 2020

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National Tribal Dance Festival begins in Raipur

The 2019 edition of National Tribal Dance Festival has begun in Raipur, the capital of Chhattisgarh. The three-day dance fest will be held from 27-29 December 2019. The festival was inaugurated by Congress leader Rahul Gandhi and the inaugural function was presided over by Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel.

Key Highlights

This is for the first time that National Tribal Dance Festival is being organized in Chhattisgarh. Over 1300 participants from 25 states & Union Territories (UT) of India are participating in this national event. The artists from 6 countries including Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Belarus, Maldives, Thailand and Uganda will also perform at the event.

The folk dance teams will be presenting their respective folk art cultures. During these three days, 29 tribal troupes will present over 43 styles of four different dance forms.

The festival will showcase traditional tribal dances performed on weddings, crop harvesting, festivals, as well as on other occasions. This’s unique festival is is an important step towards showcasing & protecting India’s rich tribal cultural heritage.

About National Tribal Dance Festival

It is an annual festival celebrated by aborigines and tribal of India. The festival is used to mark and celebrate the dances of Adivasi and tribal people in India as well as their indigenous tribal dance culture. This Tribal Dance Festival is held annually during the month of December and is organised by Union Ministry of Tribal Affairs, in collaboration with respective state government where the fest will be held.

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100 days of Pradhan Mantri Van Dhan Yojana

The National programme driven by TRIFED (Tribal Cooperative Marketing Development Federation of India), Pradhan Mantri Van Dhan Yojana (PMVDY), completed 100 days under Ministry of Tribal Affairs on December 7, 2019. The programme aims at empowering the tribal community.


In order to mark 100 days of success, the Ministry of Tribal Affairs organized celebrations and forged association with Global designer Ritu Beri. During the celebration, the significance of the programme in forming cluster of self-help groups was emphasized.

The ministry at the event announced that around 676 VDVK (Van Dhan Vikas Kendras) have been sanctioned by the TRIFED in 24 states since its launch in 27 August, 2019. Though the Van Dhan Scheme was launched earlier, the 100 days celebration is to mark the launch of Van Dhan Vikas Kendras.

Targets of TRIFED

TRIFED will establish 3,000 VDVKs each year till 2024 and will cover around 2 crore tribal beneficiaries. The programme also aims to cover 117 tribes in the country. It has also partnered with UNICEF to promote tribal craft, cuisine, culture and commerce.

Recently TRIFED also organized the Aadi Mahotsav between November 16 and November 30, 2019 to cherish the spirit of tribal culture. Apart from this, internship programmes were also conducted in October 2019.

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