TRIFED Current Affairs - 2020

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.

National Tribal Craft Mela- 2019 being held in Bhubaneswar

Chief Minister of Odisha Naveen Patnaik inaugurated the 8th National Tribal Craft Mela at State Tribal Museum Complex in Bhubaneswar. The seven-day long event will be opened for public from 2.00 PM to 8.00 PM every day from 23 to 29 November.

As a part of Odisha Government’s ‘5Ts’ initiative, (which is aimed at achieving progress through Transparency, Teamwork, Technology, Time and Transformation) 45 Supplementary Readers prepared in 21 Tribal languages were released simultaneously by Chief Minister on the occasion of Tribal Mela. These supplementary Readers will be used as Learning Materials for Multi-Lingual Education (MLE) of Scheduled Tribe (ST) Students.

About National Tribal Craft Mela- 2019

Objective: The National Tribal Crafts Mela is held annually with an aim to preserve, promote and popularize traditional tribal art and crafts and help the artisans to look for better opportunities to develop their skills through cross-cultural interactions for the commercial viability of their products.

Participants: Over 240 tribal artisans from 18 States like Sikkim, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, West Bengal, Manipur, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan, Telengana, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, Assam, Nagaland, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand including Odisha are participating. Both Government and Non- Government Organizations such as TRIFED, TDCC (Tribal Development Co-operative Corporation), OTDC (Odisha Tourism Development Corporation), World Act, Anwesha, SCSTRTI (Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes Research and Training Institute) and ATLC are also participating in Mela.

Exhibit: Handicraft items, handloom products, iron, lacquer craft, tribal jewellery, dhokra, bamboo products, puppets, sabai and siali crafts, tribal textiles and embroidery work, tribal paintings as well as many more tribal products will be put on display by these tribal artisans.