GUWAHATI, July 20 - TRIFED under the Union Ministry of Tribal Affairs, in association with the Indian Institute of Entrepreneurship (IIE), Guwahati, organised a State Advocacy Workshop for Minimum Support Price � Minor Forest Products (MSP-MFP) and Van Dhan scheme at the IIE campus here today.
The main objective of the workshop was to appraise the State government agencies and other stakeholders about MSP-MFP and the Van Dhan scheme of the Tribal Affairs Ministry and TRIFED which was launched recently.
Pravir Krishna, Additional Secretary to the Government of India and TRIFED MD, briefed the gathering about the scheme.
Rajiv Kumar Bora, Additional Chief Secretary to the Assam government; Dr M Angamuthu, Commissioner and Secretary, Department of Welfare of Plain Tribes and Backward Classes, Assam; IIE Director Dr Abhijit Sharma, TRIFED Vice-Chairman Pratibha Brahma, TRIFED Regional Manager MR Sharma, and other officials of the Assam government were present at the workshop.
Krishna said 87 Van Dhan Vikas Kendras would be set up in Assam, out of which 41 Kendras would be set up in 2018-19 and 46 in 2019-20, respectively for MFPs and non-timber forest products. The Assam Plain Tribes Development Corporation (APTDC) will be the nodal agency to implement the scheme in the State.