TRIFED 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.

TRIFED launches Digital Communication Strategy in collaboration with UNICEF

The Tribal Cooperative Marketing Development Federation of India in collaboration with UNICEF has launched Digital Communication Strategy for the Tribal Gatherers to work safely. The programme highlights the importance of social distancing.


A Webinar is to be conducted on April 9, 2020. Around 18,000 participants are expected to participate in the programme and 1,205 Van Dhan Vikas Kendras are sanctioned. These Kendras are spread across 27 states and involve around 18,705 Van Dhan Self Help Groups.

What is the plan?

Initially, 15,000 of the Self-Help Groups are to promoted as Van Dhan Social Distancing Awareness cum Livelihood Centres. These Centres will educate the communities about social distancing, personal hygiene and also about adopting cashless practices.

Support from UNICEF

The UNICEF is to support TRIFED in etching Digital Multimedia Content, creating social media campaigns, Vanya Radio and webinars.


In order to gather such a huge number of tribal population, the TRIFED team used several initiatives such as “Tech for Tribals” and others.