TRIFED under the Ministry of Tribal Affairs signed an MoU with IIT Delhi under the HRD Ministry’s flagship ‘Unnat Bharat Abhiyan’ (UBA).
On Saturday The Tribal Cooperative Marketing Development Federation of India (TRIFED) signed an MoU with the IIT Delhi under the HRD Ministry’s flagship ‘Unnat Bharat Abhiyan’ (UBA).
The main focus of signing this MoU is to increase the livelihood opportunities and income generation sources for tribal communities.
A statement generated by the Ministry of Tribal Affairs said “In order to strengthen the partnership, a Tripartite Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between TRIFED, IIT Delhi, and Vijnana Bharati, a swadeshi science movement”.
‘Unnat Bharat Abhiyan’ (UBA) has joined the higher education institutions of villages for the economic and social development of rural communities. Under the MoU signed between TRIFED and IIT Delhi, a program called ‘Van Dhan’ has been initiated. Under this program, the tribal entrepreneurs will be able to get access to the proficiency of the whole network which consists of more than 2,600 academic and research institutions under UBA.
Benefits of MoU Signed between TRIFED and IIT Delhi
IIT Delhi is also the National Coordinating Institute (NCI) for the UBA. Through this partnership of IIT Delhi and TRIFED, they’ll try to envision methods and ways of promoting tribal livelihoods and income-generating programs.
Pravir Krishna managing director of TRIFED conferred“It is important to ensure round the year income-earning opportunities for tribals by engaging them in a variety of economic activities ranging from agriculture, horticulture, floriculture, medicinal and aromatic plants etc, going beyond minor forest produces (MFPs),”.
He added, “The synergies with institutions of national importance like IIT Delhi will be crucial in our mission to serve the tribal cause, as we can leverage the huge network of academic and research institutions across the country under the ‘Unnat Bharat Abhiyan’,”.
A release said “The IIT Delhi-TRIFED partnership will also help from the expertise and experience of Vijnana Bharati (VIBHA), the statement said. VIBHA will plan and reach out to various stakeholders for convergence with the focus to strengthen the ‘Van Dhan Yojana’ through its local chapters. It will also help in gathering and passing critical information on needs and possible intervention to TRIFED, UBA, and tribal communities”.
Besides, TRIFED is executing the ‘Van Dhan Yojana’, a program for adding value, branding, and marketing of Minor Forest Produce (MFPs) by building up Van Dhan Kendras of around 300 tribal members each the over nation to encourage the making of sustainable livelihoods for the forest-based tribal gatherers.
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