Tribal Cooperative Marketing Development Federation of India (TRIFED) has entered into a collaboration with IIT Delhi under the HRD Ministry flagship ‘Unnat Bharat Abhiyan’ (UBA) to improve the livelihood opportunities and help in income generation for tribal communities.
The TRIFED functions under the Ministry of Tribal Affairs. Unnat Bharat Abhiyan (UBA) connects the higher education institutions to villages for the economic and social development of rural communities.
The IIT Delhi-TRIFED Partnership would benefit from the knowledge and experience of Vijnana Bharati (VIBHA), according to the release. It will help to collect and pass on vital information on needs and potential action to TRIFED, UBA and tribal groups.
V Ramgopal Rao, the Director of IIT, Delhi, said that collaboration is an opportunity for creative minds to pose the right set of real problems that they can help to solve.
The main motive is to support tribal livelihoods and income-generating programs. This partnership will help to improve livelihoods through Van Dhan Vikas Kendras established under ‘Van Dhan Yojana’. The tribal entrepreneurs will be able to leverage the resources of the entire UBA network of more than 2,600 academic and research institutions. In collaboration with IIT Delhi and ‘Unnat Bharat Abhiyan,’ these tribal forest dwellers engaged in MFPs will be exposed to newer processing techniques, product creativity, mentorship, digital transformation systems and handholding.
To consolidate and formalize this relationship, a Tripartite Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between TRIFED, IIT Delhi and Vijnana Bharati, the Swadeshi Science Movement, was signed on Friday, a statement said.
Pravir Krishna, Managing Director of TRIFED, said, “It is important to ensure income opportunities for tribal people throughout the year by engaging them in a variety of economic activities, ranging from agriculture , horticulture, floriculture, medicinal and aromatic plants, etc., to small-scale forest products (MFPs).”
“Synergy with institutions of national significance such as IIT Delhi would be crucial to our mission to support the tribal cause, as we can exploit the vast network of academic and research institutions across the country under ‘Unnat Bharat Abhiyan’,” he said.
Thus far, 1,205 tribal enterprises have been set up to provide job opportunities for 3,6 Lakh tribal gatherings and 18,000 self-help groups in 22 states.