Pradhan Mantri Van Dhan Yojana (PMVDY)

Pradhan Mantri Van Dhan Yojana

Pradhan Mantri Van Dhan Yojana

The Government of India’s Ministry of Tribal Affairs launched the Pradhan Mantri Van Dhan Yojana (PMVDY) or Van Dhan Vikas Yojana (VDVY) to improve the standard of living for tribal people in India. This project focuses on developing value chains for forest-based products and enhancing tribal groups’ income through skill training and capacity building.

The Van Dhan Vikas Yojana promotes tribal people to develop processing clusters in order to boost the value of forest commodities. These clusters are outfitted with the required infrastructure, tools, and equipment, as well as entrepreneurship and value-addition training. The initiative also helps their products gain market access through numerous channels, including online platforms.

The Van Dhan Vikas Yojana is implemented in three stages, beginning with the establishment of Van Dhan Vikas Kendras at the village level, followed by Van Dhan Vikas Sanrakshan Samitis at the cluster level, and Van Dhan Vikas Samuh at the district level. The project seeks to build 50,000 Van Dhan Vikas Kendras across the country, with around 10 lakh tribal entrepreneurs benefiting.

The Van Dhan Vikas Yojana has the ability to improve the socioeconomic status of tribal groups in India by providing alternative livelihood alternatives. Furthermore, the initiative encourages business and contributes to forest and biodiversity conservation.

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