PM Van Dhan Scheme {प्रधानमंत्री वन धन योजना}


There are a lot of schemes started by the government to help every citizen and class of the country progress. The PM Van Dhan Yojana was such a scheme launched on 14 April 2018, on the birthday of Baba Bhimrao Ambedkar. The full name of this scheme is Pradhan Mantri Van Dhan. This scheme will help to increase the income of tribal as well as society has to show the path of development.

As we all know, some sections of our country still live on a small income, some of them are the tribal communities. This class is often not able to get a fair price for the foodstuffs grown in the forests because these people are not educated, and they do not know what their products actually cost. Neither the things grown in the entire forests are used appropriately nor does the economic condition of these people improve. To solve this issue the government started Van Dhan Yojana.

Under the scheme, the youth of this community will be taught tamarind, mahua storage, cleaning of nigella seeds, packaging training, as well as all information related to these products and marketing. This will help to increase the income of the tribal community who are giving the best in producing food products. This step of the government will expand the tribal, along with the government will also get extra tax and the forests can be fully used.

Groups Formed under PM Van Dhan Scheme

Under this scheme, Van Dhan Vikas centers will be run through tribal communities in the tribal districts rich in forest wealth. Each center will be able to make 10 tribal self-helps, as well as each group, which will include about 30 tribal collectors. Under this scheme training will also be provided for upgrading and capacity building, Koshan will set up main processing and value addition amenities. These centers will be monitored locally by the Management Committee.

The Main Objective

The main motives of the Van Dhan Scheme are mentioned below:

  • The main objective of this scheme to be launched is to improve the style of living of the people of the tribal community.
  • This scheme will also help to increase the income of the tribe as well as Minor Forest Produce (MFP) that are collected or generated by the tribes will get fair value.
  • In each district, there are 300 training centers will be established for the tribal people through which these people can be qualified and provided economically.
  • Under this scheme, the motive is to establish at least 15 centers in each district, a self-help group of 20 people will also be created in each Panchayat.
  • If the price of the products by the market is not stable, then TRIFED also arranges reimbursement for the tribe people by discussion to the Ministry of Agriculture.
  • Under this scheme reasonable prices will be provided for the material whatever material the tribes bring or produce from the forest.
  • Under this scheme the youth of tribal communities will get proper training and education to increase their products, as well as to inform them about how to do dealing.
  • TRIFED will also buy material that is generated by tribes.
  • Under this scheme the right price for the products will be provided as well as financial assistance also provided to the tribal people.

Areas of the Country where Tribal People Exist

Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Goa, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Odisha, Rajasthan, Sikkim, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Tripura, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Dadar and Nagar Haveli, Daman and Diu, Lakshadweep and Puducherry.

Benefits of Van Dhan Scheme

Under the Van Dhan Vikas Kendra in the scheme, tribal youths will be provided with stockpiles of tamarind, mahua, cleaning of fennel as well as other minor forest products like honey, brushwood, cantus, tussar and various types of herbs found in tribal areas. Under this scheme, the training about Maintenance and marketing will also be provided. Other main benefits of this scheme are mentioned below:

  • This scheme will improve the work competence of tribal youth.
  •  The tribal area will be developed under this scheme and the income of the tribal people will also be increased under this scheme.
  • As the tribe people have a better working ability so it will help a lot in the development of the country as well as improve in the economy.
  • As the tribal people are living in the forest area, small scale production is their only resource of living. 
  • This scheme will provide an opportunity to the tribal to generate livelihood and others by ensuring fair as well as remunerative returns to the community's efforts in collection and value calculation of MFP.

The Registration Process

If you want to register under this scheme or want to get any details related to Van Dhan Scheme, then you will have to visit its official site. Here you will be able to get complete information about the application process.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is Van Dhan scheme?

Van Dhan has started targeting livelihood creation for tribes by exploiting forest prosperity. The main motive of the program is to tap into the conventional knowledge as well as skill set of the tribal by connecting technology and IT at each stage and converting tribal facts into a viable financial activity. This plan will provide a living to about 45 lakh tribal natives in a year.

Q: Under which agency this scheme is running?

This scheme is operated by TRIFED. All the operation of this scheme is performed by the TRIFED.

Q: How many Van Dhan centers is the government planning to establish under this scheme?

In the beginning, forest money centers will be made. After that, if desirable, more centers can be opened.

Q: Who will be able to get benefits through this program?

Tribes all over the country are able to take advantage of this scheme.