Van Dhan Yojna helps tribals beat odds

The exponential increase in income has transformed lives in Langleng and other backward districts

What is Van Dhan Yojna?

  1. The Van Dhan Yojna is an initiative of the Ministry of Tribal Affairs and TRIFED
  2. The scheme was launched on 14th April, 2018 with the motto of improving tribal incomes.
  3. This Yojna was implemented by Ministry of Tribal Affairs as Nodal Department at the Central Level and TRIFED as Nodal Agency at the National Level.

Income rising – From Rs 7 to Rs 60 –

  1. The hill broom sold in Langleng districts of Nagaland sprang to Rs 60 from Rs 7 under this scheme.
  2. Now tribal people earn more by making the hill broom and are able to meet their financial needs.

Exponential income will transform –

  1. This raised income is very handy as the collection is done from December to February and by the end of February this money is used in paying fee of their children.
  2. “Now when we visit these areas, we can see that children are doing much better, and many families were even able to build permanent houses using this money,” says Dr. Phom.

The main project is Hill Broom Project –

  1. The hill broom project was launched on Independence Day 2019 to protect van dhan, or forest wealth.
  2. It gave the right to protect and earn to the forest dwellers.
  3. It also provided local platforms for processing, value addition, marketing and sale of minor forest produce.
  4. Now with states stepping up to buy minor forest produce at minimum support prices, the condition of these tribal areas is expected to improve faster.

In pandemic crisis, bridging the gulf with West Asia

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“A strong, positive message by New Delhi to the region’s investors is crucial as both are well-placed to help each other”

Gulf Asia matters for us –

  1. West Asia or Gulf regions are strategically very important for India and its foreign policy.
  2. The pandemic caused by COVID-19 has initiated a reverse migration of Indian labourers from Gulf countries.
  3. This is happening because of the widespread lockdown which is eating up jobs and economy.

What are the stakes –

  1. India’s Minister of External Affairs S. Jaishankar has said that India would repatriate more than 100,000 of its citizens between May 17 and June 13 from 60 countries, a majority of whom are expected to be from the West Asia region.
  2. In UAE and other neighboring countries around 3 million Indians work and in total West Asia they are over 9 million.
  3. These workers were sending money to India. Their share was over 56% of all annual infusion received by India.
  4. The UAE alone is responsible for $19 billion in remittances, being the third largest trade partner of India after the United States and China.

Oil and investment –

  1. We receive about 60% of hydrocarbon of our needs from West Asia.
  2. India is in a position of attracting a significant amount of capital from West Asia.
  3. UAE’s Mubadala and Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF) are expected to invest in India very soon.
  4. The Finance Minister announced the economic reforms in May which brought much needed clarity to industrial and agricultural policy.
  5. A strong, positive message to West Asian investors from New Delhi is now the need of the hour.

Steps to take –

  1. India needs to create quick success stories to grab the opportunity of getting these mammoth investments.
  2. For its success, the government has announced an empowered group headed by Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba who will take necessary steps to attract FDI into India.
  3. Hopefully, this mechanism can take up West Asia on priority.

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