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Vanbandhu Kalyan Yojana

About Scheme

The Government of India, Ministry of Tribal Affairs has launched Vanbandhu Kalyan Yojana (VKY) for welfare of Tribals. VKY aims at creating enabling environment for need based and outcome oriented holistic development of the tribal people. This process envisages to ensure that all the intended benefits of goods and services under various programmes/schemes of Central as well as State Governments actually reach the target groups by convergence of resources through appropriate institutional mechanism.

It covers all tribal people and all areas with tribal population across the country.

Objectives

  • Improving the quality of life in tribal areas
  • Improving the quality of education
  • Qualitative and sustainable employment for tribal families
  • Bridging infrastructure gaps with focus on quality
  • Protection of tribal culture and heritage

Component of VKY


  • Qualitative & Sustainable Employment.
  • Quality Education & Higher Education.
  • Accelerated Economic Development of tribal areas.
  • Health for all.
  • Housing for all.
  • Safe Drinking Water for all at doorsteps.
  • Irrigation facilities suited to the terrain.
  • All Weather Roads with connectivity to the nearby town/cities.
  • Universal Availability of Electricity.
  • Urban Development.
  • Robust institutional mechanism. (ITDAs/ITDPs)
  • Promotion and conservation of Tribal Cultural Heritage
  • Promotion of Sports in Tribal Areas.

Strategies

  • Strengthening of institutions meant for delivery of goods and services with adequate administrative, technical and financial powers such as Tribal Welfare Departments as nodal Department, Integrated Tribal Development Agency (ITDA), Integrated Tribal Development Projects (ITDPs) and creation of new ones where they do not exist etc.
  • Convergence of scattered resources and activities being undertaken under various components.

Minor Forest Produce

Minor Forest Produce (MFP) is more often than not determined by the traders instead of self-sustained process of demand and supply. Implementing 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. Web based portal has also been developed which indicate current price of MFPs on real time basis across different mandis of the States.

Included Products

12 MFP products have been included in the programme namely

  1. Tendu Leave
  2. Bamboo
  3. Mahuwa Seeds
  4. Sal Leaf
  5. Sal Seed
  6. Lac
  7. Chironjee
  8. Wild Honey
  9. Myrobalan
  10. Tamarind
  11. Gums (Gum Karaya) and
  12. Karanji.

The Scheme also referred to the Forests Rights Act as landmark legislation to recognize the pre-existing rights of tribals and other traditional forest dwellers.

Source: Vanbandhu Kalyan Yojana (VKY)



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