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Vanbandhu Kalyan Yojana
Nov 07, 2014

Centre has launched Vanbandhu Kalyan Yojana (VKY) for welfare of Tribals. The scheme been launched on pilot basis in one block each of the States of AP, MP, HP, Telangana, Odisha, Jharkhand, Chattisgarh, Rajasthan, Maharashtra and Gujarat. Under the scheme centre will provide Rs. 10 crore for each block for the development of various facilities for the Tribals. These blocks have been selected on the recommendations of the concerned States and have very low literacy rate.

This scheme mainly focuses on bridging infrastructural gaps and gap in human development indices between Schedule tribes and other social groups. VKY also envisages to focus on convergence of different schemes of development of Central Ministries/Departments and State Governments with outcome oriented approach. Initially the blocks having at least 33 percent of tribal population in comparison to total population of the block will be targeted.

Initiatives for strengthening of existing institutions meant for delivery of goods and services to tribal people i.e. Integrated Tribal Development Agencies/Integrated Development Project and creation of new ones wherever necessary. Specific funds allocated to the State Governments for this purpose should be utilized judiciously with a view to build the institutional mechanism more robust by way of strengthening these institutions.

Minor Forest Produce (MFP) is more often than not determined by the traders instead of self- sustained process of demand and supply. The concerned Ministry has taken note of the situation and has implemented a scheme to ensure that such forest dwellers are not deprived of their due. Under the scheme maximum selling price for MFP is being implemented in Schedule V States initially.

A web based portal has also been developed which indicate current price of MFPs on real time basis across different mandis of the States. 12 MFP products have been included in the programme namely,

  • Tendu Leave

  • Bamboo

  • Mahuwa Seeds

  • Sal Leaf

  • Sal Seed

  • Lac

  • Chironjee

  • Wild Honey

  • Myrobalan (Amla)

  • Tamarind

  • Gums (Gum Karaya)

  • Karanji


In addition to it, Forests Rights Act is a landmark legislation to recognize the pre-existing rights of tribals and other traditional forest dwellers and informed that out of 37.69 Lakh claims filed by the intended beneficiaries about 14.57 Lakh individual rights title and more than 22,200 community forest rights titles have been distributed as on June 2014.


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