NEW DELHI: To boost economic development of tribal communities, the Ministry of Tribal Affairs plans to set up 3,000 ‘Van Dhan Kendras’ for which 30,000 Self-Help Groups (SHGs) are likely to be roped in.
“The initial focus will be to set up these centres in aspirational districts. The scheme will eventually be implemented in all tribal areas at a later stage,” said a senior government official.
The project will be carried out with the Tribal Cooperative Marketing Development Federation of India. Launched on April 14 this year, the Van Dhan scheme envisages coordination with states to help tribals.