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New Delhi  : Union Tribal Affairs Minister Arjun Munda on October 16, 2019, launched the “Van Dhan Internship Programme” organised by Tribal Co-operative Marketing Development Federation of India (TRIFED) under Ministry of Tribal Affairs here. Pravin Krishna, MD, TRIFED, was present on the occasion.

Addressing the interns, Arjun Munda said that these interns will help the tribal population in becoming self reliant and entrepreneurs. He said that all interns are now part of “National Building Team”. Emphasising on the need of entrepreneurship, the Minister opined that it encourages a person to take the initiative for development.

Eighteen interns (to be called Minister’s interns) from some of the reputed Institutes of Rural Management/ Management Institutions/ Institutes of Social Work/ Social Services of the country are  participating in the “Van Dhan Internship Programme”. They have been selected to go and work on Van Dhan programme in the field.

After their selection through the walk- in- interview, these interns are undergoing a week long training programme. The period of internship is 6 months (extendable depending on the need of the organisation and mutual sustainability.

These interns will work with the team of TRIFED in various states and districts in tribal areas in development of tribal welfare and inclusive growth (a dissertation has to be submitted on conclusion of the internship). They will support the TRIFED activities on livelihood promotion, value addition of NTFTs, marketing and credit linkages. They will develop tools and techniques on institutional development including mechanism for determination of a just price or producer price of Minor Forset Products, according to a PIB release.

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