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Ramsinh Rathwa, Chairman TRIFED visits Prime Minister Van Dhan Yojana Kendra Cluster implemented by IIE at Sonapur

Shri Ramsinh Rathwa, Chairman TRIFED under Ministry of Tribal Affairs visited Van Dhan Vikash Kendra Cluster, implemented by IIE at Topatoli, Sonapur near Guwahati today. The Van Dhan Vikash Kendra Cluster has been established under Pradhan Mantri Van Dhan Yojana (PMVDY).  The PMVDY programme is sponsored TRIFED under the Ministry of Tribal Affairs, Govt of India and implemented by IIE in Assam. 

The chairman while addressing the gathering during his visit to the Kendra said that due to the Hon’ble Prime Minister’s initiative on this yojana many local products are being known all over India due to which local products are getting recognition. He also explained about the market value of the Minor Forest Produce which has been traditionally used by the tribes of the region. He also said that more focus has to be made through skill development programme on alternative livelihood promotion for scheduled tribe’s women in the State of Assam with an aim for boosting entrepreneurship among tribal women in the state and make them economically self-reliant by collaborative efforts of government agencies. Van Dhan Vikash Kendra Cluster, Sonapur has got 30 SHG comprising of 300 total beneficiaries, where major Minor Forest Produce available in Sonapur is turmeric, banana, betel nut, black pepper rice. The Chairman visited the various stalls where TRISSAM products like turmeric, betel nut, banana, rice handloom, bamboo, food, jewellery etc were displayed by the beneficiaries.

During his visit the Chairman had interacted with the beneficiaries on one to one basis to take the stock about the benefit the centre has derived and the opportunity and problems they have met so that a realistic approach can be taken further. Dr. Lalit Sharma, Director IIE, Shri AD Mishra, Regional Manager, TRIFED, Guwahati,  Shri Prasanta Goswami, Faculty Member IIE, Dr. Bhakar J Saud, Project Head PMVDY IIE, along with officials from APTDC, WBPTC, KVIC and IIE were present during his visit.