Van Dhan Yojana (VDY)
●The Van Dhan Scheme is an initiative of the Ministry of Tribal Affairs and TRIFED.
● It was launched on 14th April, 2018 and seeks to improve tribal incomes through value addition of tribal products.
●VDY , a programme for value addition, branding & marketing of MFPs by establishing Van Dhan Kendras to facilitate creation of sustainable livelihoods for the forest-based tribes.
●The Van Dhan tribal start-ups have also emerged as a source of employment generation for tribal gatherers and forest dwellers and the home-bound tribal artisans.
●The scheme will be implemented through 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 envisaged to play a pivot role in scheme implementation at grassroot level.