Tribal Products Current Affairs - 2020

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.

500 officials of TRIFED Van Dhan India unleash power of Webinars to Work from Home

On March 29, 2020, around 500 officials of TRIFED (The Tribal cooperative Marketing Development federation of India) operating under Ministry of Tribal Affairs unleashed the power of Webinars.


The Trifed Social Media team has reached 2.5 million people in three days. TRIFED Van Dhan GIS based website gathered more than 50 lakh tribal gatherers spread across 27 different states. Through “Tech for Tribals” scheme that was recently launched in March 2020, around 3.5 lakh tribal entrepreneurs were gathered.

These steps are being taken to support the tribal gatherers who might face distress in sales during these Lock Down times. The schemes being freshly launched should also earn their trust. This shall be achieved only through continuous contacts and proven upliftment results despite of the threats. This is being achieved by the TRIFED officials by working from home.


This shows that the Government of India activities to develop the Tribals are in full swing despite the Lock Down in the country due to the threat of COVID-19.


The TRIFED has so far set up 1,205 Van Dhan Centres. Around 3 lakh and 70 thousand tribals are employed through these centres. They will be greatly affected if not addressed during Lock Down. There are plans to link these products to the E Commerce portals in the country to keep their sales on. A separate portal has been suggested by TRIFED to help Artisans and other tribal gatherers.