SHGs Current Affairs - 2020

NABARD launches Rs 44 lakhs worth projects in Andaman and Nicobar Islands

On July 16, 2020, the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development launched projects worth of Rs 44 lakhs in Andaman and Nicobar Islands.


The projects have been launched to develop Self Help Groups and also to help in skill development of Self-Help Groups in the territory. Around 385 village level programmes are to be conducted and provide training to leaders of newly formed SHGs with an aid of Rs 10 lakhs.

Under the project, women attached to Self Help Groups (SHGs) are to be trained for Mushroom Cultivation and Bamboo handicrafts.

Micro Entrepreneurship Development Programme

NABARD is to carry out a yearly micro-entrepreneurship development programme for 150 members of various SHGs in Middle Andaman. Also, NABARD has tied up with Centre of Agriculture Research Institute (CARI) to conduct agricultural programmes of Rs 20 lakhs.

Atma Nirbhar Bharat

In order to achieve Atma Nirbhar Bharat, under the initiative, NABARD is to organize “Rural Haats” in Gram Panchayats.

Van Dhan Yojana: Expanded from 18,000 Van Dhan SHGs to 50,000

On June 15, 2020, a webinar was organized by the TRIFED (Tribal Cooperative Marketing Development Federation of India). The webinar was titled “Van Dhan: Tribal Startups Bloom in India”

During the webinar, it was informed that current coverage Van Dhan scheme is to be increased from 18,000 SHGs to 50,000 SHGs. This is to be achieved through Van Dhan Start-up programme.

What is the plan?

The plan is to expand the Van Dhan SHGs and cover 10 lakh tribal gatherers. The aim is to transform tribal ecosystem as next Amul Revolution in terms of Minor Forest Produce.

Van Dhan Vikas Karyakram

The Government of India has allocated Rs 15 lakhs to every Van Dhan Vikas Karyakram centre. So far 25% to 30% of the grant has been spent on these centres.

Van Dhan

Under the Van Dhan Scheme, so far 1205 Tribal enterprises have been established. The start up scheme launched has covered 10 lakh tribal gatherers. The start ups that were started based on tribal produce are now spread across 22 states. These Startups are called Van Dhan Startups.