Van Dhan Scheme was launched by the Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi 14th April, 2018. The main objective behind this scheme is to help increase tribal income through Value Addition. Putting stress on the important role of value addition in escalating tribal incomes, PM stated that Van Dhan, Jan Dhan and Gobar-Dhan Schemes have the potential to change the tribal-rural economic system. This is an initiative of the Ministry of Tribal Affairs and TRIFED.
The Van Dhan Vikas Kendra will be established for providing capacity building training and skill upgradation and value addition facility and setting up of primary processing. The Van Dhan Vikas Kendras will be a significant milestone in financial development of tribals involved in the collection of MFPs by helping them in the best use of natural resources and provide sustainable MFP-based living in MFP-rich districts.
The implementation of Van Dhan Scheme will be done through the Ministry of Tribal Affairs as Nodal Department at the Central Level and TRIFED as Nodal Agency at the National Level. At State level, the State Nodal Agency for MFPs and the District collectors are anticipated to play a pivotal role in the execution of the scheme at grassroot level. Locally the Kendras are proposed to be managed by a Managing Committee (an SHG) which consists of representatives of Van Dhan SHGs in the group.