Advocacy Program Held under Pradhan Mantri Van Dhan Yojna under Rabong Sub Division

Publish Date : 02/09/2021

Namchi, 1st September: A Sub-divisional Advocacy Program for Pradhan Mantri Van Dhan Yojana was organized and conducted by Cooperation Department, Rabong Sub-division, South Sikkim at Rabong SDM Conference Hall, today. Following the launch of Pradhan Mantri Van Dhan Yojana in Sikkim on 1st October 2020 by Hon’ble Union Minster for Tribal Affairs and Hon’ble Chief Minister of Sikkim, this advocacy program was aimed at creating awareness and garnering public support for the scheme. This scheme targets livelihood generation for tribal gatherers and transforming them into entrepreneurs. One of the main components is, ‘Mechanism for Marketing of Minor Forest Produce (MFP) through Minimum Support Price (MSP) & Development of Value Chain for MFP.’ In Sikkim the nodal agency for this scheme is Department of Science and Technology and the implementing agency is Cooperation Department. Panchayat President of Barfung Zarrong GPU, Shri Anil Rai chaired this program. In attendance were also other Panchayat Presidents: Shri Deo Kumar Rai (Yangang Rangang GPU who is also in the BOD of SICUN), Shri Tashi Tshering Bhutia (Bermoik Tokol GPU), Smt. Rupa Gurung (Borong Phamtam GPU), and Ward Panchayat Smt.Sarita Thatal (Upper Barfung Ward). Representatives from line departments also attended the program: ACF (Forest), PI (RMD), VLW (Horticulture), and ADO (Agriculture). Master trainers and group leaders from various Van Dhan Vikas Kendras (VDVK) were present. This program was primarily intended for Self Help Groups (SHGs), members from all 8 VDVKs under Rabong also participated in the program. The advocacy was led by Shri Indramani Adhikari, Deputy Registrar (Head Office, Cooperation Department). The program concluded after a heartfelt Vote of Thanks.
Press release from Cooperation Department, Rabong Sub-division, South Sikkim.