The General Body meeting of Tribal Cooperative Marketing Development Federation of India (TRIFED) was held on 25th May 2018 in which the 11th Board of Directors was reconstituted and the Office Bearers were elected unanimously. Ramesh Chand Meena was elected as the Chairperson and Pratibha Brahma was elected as the Vice Chairperson of TRIFED.
MD TRIFED, Pravir Krishna, welcomed the new members and expressed the hope that with the new leadership, TRIFED will continue its march on the road to tribal empowerment.
Addressing the Officers of TRIFED, Ramesh Chand Meena, Chairperson thanked the Minister of Tribal Affairs, Jual Oram, for reposing confidence in him and urged the officers to leave no stone unturned, to carry forward various programs for tribal development in the true spirit and vision as envisioned by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He expressed his hope that coordinated efforts of the Board and Officers of TRIFED will bring about the change that is needed to propel the forest based rural economy on the high path of growth and development.
The new Board of Directors committed to take forward the vision of TRIFED of overall development for tribal people of India through sustainable and comprehensive marketing support of their products and achieving convergence and coherence with other development partners working in this field to enhance their income and improve the quality of their life.
News Update| 07 June 2018| With record increase of 77% in sale by TRIFED during 2017-18; nearly 70,000 tribal artists register substantial increase in income
Expansion of Outlets: The expansion of showrooms in the year 2017-18 was undertaken on a large scale. As a result, TRIFED had a network of 36 own Sales outlets, 33 outlets on consignment sale and 18 franchisee outlets located across the country as on 31.03.2018 in comparison to 29 own outlets and 13 consignment outlets as on 31.03.2017. TRIFED opened seven new own outlets at Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh), Rameshwaram (Tamil Nadu), Ranchi (Jharkhand), Jaipur (Rajasthan), Jagdalpur and Raipur (Chhattisgarh).
TRIFED started twenty outlets on consignment basis at Ranchi (Jharkhand), Trichy (Tamil Nadu), Tanjavur (Tamil Nadu), Bangalore (Karnataka), Uttarkashi (Uttarakhand), Ahmedabad (Gujarat), Raipur, Bhilai, Jagdalpur, Ambikapur, Bilaspur, Rajnandgaon, Kanker, Durg (Chhattisgarh) during the year 2017-18.
TRIFED introduced a new concept of expansion through Franchisee, in which no manpower and infrastructure of TRIFED is required, except payment of commission ranging from 10-25% on net sales to the Franchise. Eighteen franchisee outlets at Ranchi, Jamshedpur, Ramgarh Cantt. (Jharkhand), Patna (Bihar), Guwahati (Assam), Jaipur, Udaipur, Mandawa (Rajasthan), Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh), Nasik (Maharashtra), Puri (Odisha), Dehradun and Uttarkashi (Uttarakhand) were made operational during the year 2017-18.
Digital India: E-Commerce& M-Commerce: TRIFED has made arrangements for sale of various tribal products through various e-marketing platforms of Amazon, Snapdeal, Flipkart, Paytm and GeM. Around 1500 number of different tribal products were listed in these e–marketing portals and a sale of Rs.5.00 lakhs was realized in 2017-2018.
All these above activities benefitted 70,000 tribal artist families who doubled or tripled their incomes due to marketing facilitation by TRIFED.
News Update | 26 June 2018| Government likely to set up 3000 Van Dhan Kendras involving 30,000 SHGs across the country
Under Van Dhan Scheme, 10 Self Help Groups of 30 Tribal gatherers each have been constituted at Bijapur, Chhattisgarh. They are then trained and provided with working capital to add value to the products, which they collect from the Jungle. Working under the leadership of Collector, these groups can then market their products not only within the States but also outside the States. Training and technical support is provided by TRIFED.
Van Dhan Mission is an initiative for targeting livelihood generation for tribals by harnessing non-timber forest produces, the true wealth of forest i.e. Van Dhan with an estimated value: Rs.2 Lakh Cr. per year. It shall promote and leverage the collective strength of tribals (through SHGs) to achieve scale. It also aims at build upon the traditional knowledge & skill sets of tribals by adding technology & IT for value addition. Further it is to set-up tribal community owned Van Dhan Vikas Kendras (the Kendra) in predominantly forested tribal districts. A Kendra shall constitute of 10 tribal SHGs, each comprising of upto 30 tribal NTFP gatherers or artisans i.e. about 300 beneficiaries per Kendra.
Value addition assumes critical importance in ensuring remunerative prices to the tribals in this approach. Three stage value addition would be the corner stone for enhancing incomes of the tribals under the scheme. The grass root level procurement is proposed to be undertaken through SHGs associated with Implementing Agencies. Convergence and Networking with other Govt. departments/scheme shall be undertaken to utilise the services of existing SHGs like Ajeevika, etc. These SHGs shall be appropriately trained on sustainable harvesting/collection, primary processing & value addition and be formed into clusters so as to aggregate their stock in tradable quantity and linking them with facility of primary processing in a Van Dhan Vikas Kendra.
Talking about the new initiative, the Union Minister for Tribal Affairs, Jual Oram said that the scheme has a huge potential to empower the tribals. The Minister said that convergence with Panchayati Raj is envisaged. Initially, the focus of the scheme will be in aspirational districts and gradually the scheme will be implemented in all tribal areas, Tribal Affairs Minister explained.
News Update| NCST to organise “National Seminar on Conservation of Particularly Vulnerable Tribes of Andaman & Nicobar Islands: The Way Forward” on 27-28 June, 2018
Andaman and Nicobar Islands are home to the most primitive tribal groups: Great Andamanese, Onge, Jarawa, Sentinelese, Nicobarese and Shompens. Some of these tribal groups are on the verge of extinction. It is important to understand the challenges they face and to preserve them. With these objectives in view, the National Commission for Scheduled Tribes (NCST), a Constitutional body set up under Article 338(A) of the Constitution to protect the interests of Scheduled Tribes, is organizing for the first time a two-day Seminar.
Exclusive Thematic Sessions will be held on the Sentinelese, Great Andamanies, Onge, Jarawa, Shompen. The deliberations will take stock of the impact of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands (Protection of Aboriginal Tribes) Regulation 1956 as amended in 2005 and 2012 along with 2004 Policy on Jarawa Tribes of Andaman and Nicobar. Similarly, the 2015 Policy on Shompen of Great Nicobar Islands will also be discussed in the Seminar. The entire architect of welfare approach by the Government will be analysed in the seminar for a road map for PVTGs in Andaman, which will be a role model for PVTGs in other States.