Aadi Mahotsav (National Tribal Festival), a joint initiative of Ministry of Tribal Affairs, Government of India & Tribal Cooperative Marketing Development Federation of India (TRIFED) was held in Leh-Ladakh.
- Products of Tribal artisans are marketed all over the country through 104 retail outlets run by TRIBES India and to 190 countries across the world through Amazon, with whom TRIBES India has an agreement.
- Food and Forest Produces, which can be processed, value-added will be marketed under the Van Dhan Scheme of the Ministry of Tribal Affairs.
- The Government plans to set up 3000 Van Dhan Vikas Kendras (VDVK) across the country in 2019-20 which include 13 VDVKs planned to be set up in Ladakh.
- TRIFED essentially plays a role of ‘Service provider’ & ‘Market Developer.
- The tribes constitute over 8% of the country’s population. In real terms it corresponds to over 10 crore Indians.
- The inaugural event had two reputed local cultural troupes presenting Ladakhi folk dances.
- Jabro Dance - a nomadic dance and song of people inhabiting eastern Ladakh and
- Spawo dance - a heroic song and dance associated with a legendary hero of Himalayan region called K’sar.
- The Tribal Cooperative Marketing Development Federation of India (TRIFED) came into existence in 1987.
- It is a national-level apex organization functioning under the administrative control of the Ministry of Tribal Affairs, Govt. of India.
- TRIFED has its registered and Head Office located in New Delhi and has a network of 13 Regional Offices located at various places in the country.
- The main objective of the TRIFED is to provide good price to the products made or collected from the forest by the tribal peoples.
Van Dhan Scheme:
- It 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.
- The scheme will be implemented 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 envisaged to play a pivotal role in scheme implementation at grassroot level.
- Locally the Kendras are proposed to be managed by a Managing Committee (an SHG) consisting of representatives of Van Dhan SHGs in the cluster.
- The Van Dhan Vikas Kendras will be an important milestone in economic development of tribals involved in collection of MFPs by helping them in optimum utilization of natural resources and provide sustainable MFP-based livelihood in MFP-rich districts.