Government teaches tribals why social distancing, hand washing is important with digital tutorials
New Delhi: The Tribal Cooperative Marketing Development Federation of India (TRIFED), under the Department of Tribal Affairs, worked with UNICEF to develop a digital communications strategy to spread awareness of the coronavirus in the tribal areas of the country.
The campaign will be carried out through a digital campaign with the help of self-help groups (SHG).
UNICEF provided virtual training content that will be used during Van Dhan Vikas Kendras open to tribals across the country. The tutorials will educate tribes on essential preventative measures to take – measures such as social distancing, hand washing and disinfection.
The Van Dhan Vikas Kendras are centers for the collection and distribution of minor forest products brought in by the tribes. They are part of the Pradhan Mantri Van Dhan Yojana (PMVDY), a flagship program of the Ministry of Tribal Affairs.
Kendras help tribal communities sell minor forest products to state agencies at a fixed minimum price. A total of 1,205 Van Dhan Vikas Kendras support 18,075 SHG Van Dhan across the country. As a first step, 15,000 of these self-help groups will be promoted as Van Dhan social distancing awareness and livelihood centers.
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TRIFED webinar organized for training
TRIFED hosted a webinar on Thursday afternoon to facilitate a training of trainers. In the three hour webinar, TRIFED MD Pravir Krishna and his team organized a training session for 3,000 trainers who in turn will contact the tribal families working with them.
During the meeting, Krishna also explained how the tribal centers envision the production of masks and soaps using local products.
“We realized that soaps are essential to maintain hygiene and prevent Covid-19. We will contact our VDVKs and explore the soap and mask manufacturing areas using forest and minor non-wood products, ”Krishna said during the webinar. “We will group them together in the TRIFED centers to make sure they can be sent to areas that need them. “
The aim of this webinar is to reach as many trainers as possible, Krishna said, adding that TRIFED aims to educate 50 tribal lakhs across the country.
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Ministry wants states to continue sourcing forest products
In a letter written Tuesday to 15 state governments, Union Tribal Affairs Minister Arjun Munda urged node state agencies to purchase minor forest products (MFPs) at the minimum support price ( MSP) as soon as possible. He added that tribal communities are the most vulnerable in this situation due to their marginalization and economic status amid the lockdown.
The 15 states he spoke to are Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Assam and Andhra Pradesh.
He also pointed out that since it is the peak season for collecting and harvesting minor forest products (MFPs) and non-wood forest products (NTFPs), proactive measures must be taken to ensure not only the well-being tribals but also that of their economy. .
The letter also mentioned that funds have been made available to these 15 states under the PMVDY and that additional funds, if necessary, will be made available by the Department of Tribal Affairs.
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