National Awards To Chhattisgarh: Under the leadership of Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel, the Van Dhan Yojana is being operated to provide maximum benefit to the collectors of minor forest produce and for excellent performance at the national level in the work of procurement, processing and marketing of minor forest produce at minimum support price. The first prize was given in the sub-categories. Along with this, Chhattisgarh was also awarded 2 awards for innovation and innovation.
These awards were announced on the basis of the performance of various states on behalf of Tribal Cooperative Marketing Federation of India Maryadit, Government of India, New Delhi (TRIFED). The work of collection of minor forest produce in the state is being done by Chhattisgarh State Minor Forest Produce Association. Arjun Munda, Minister of Tribal Affairs, Government of India, gave this award to Chhattisgarh virtually on 6th August at 12 noon.
Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel congratulated Forest Minister Mohammad Akbar, officers-employees of Chhattisgarh State Minor Forest Produce Association, self-help groups engaged in the work of collection and processing of minor forest produce, officers and members of forest committees for this achievement and Best wishes.
Under the Minimum Support Price scheme for minor forest produce to Chhattisgarh, in the year 2020-21 to include new maximum forest produce in the scheme, purchase of maximum value of minor forest produce from the amount of Government of India, maximum value of small forest produce from the amount of Government of India and State Government. Purchase of forest produce, maximum utilization of the amount made available by the year 2020-21, completion of maximum survey under Van Dhan Yojana, maximum training for forest development center clusters, manufacturing maximum products from value addition, maximum value addition tax of products First prize awarded for sales.
Apart from this, Chhattisgarh was also rewarded for the innovation of making sanitizer from Mahua in the new product and innovation category and for preparing new product from tamarind to tamarind.
Under the Minimum Support Price Scheme for Minor Forest Produce, Chhattisgarh was announced the first prize for including maximum new forest produce in the scheme in the year 2020-21 under the awards announced by TRIFED. It is noteworthy that 52 types of minor forest produce were included in the Minimum Support Price Scheme in Chhattisgarh. In this category, the second prize was announced to Maharashtra, where 21 forest produce were included in this scheme.
Chhattisgarh was given the first prize in the purchase category of minor forest produce of maximum value from the amount of Government of India. In Chhattisgarh, forest produce worth Rs 180.51 crore has been purchased under this scheme. Andhra Pradesh got the second prize for the purchase of forest produce worth Rs 4.51 crore in this category. Similarly, Chhattisgarh got the first prize for the purchase of forest produce worth Rs.1173 crore and Odisha got the second prize for the purchase of Rs.30.32 crore in the category of purchase of minor forest produce of maximum value from the amount of Government of India and State Government.
In the award category for maximum utilization of the amount provided till the year 2020-21, Chhattisgarh was given first prize for utilization of Rs 127.09 crore and Odisha was given second prize for utilization of Rs 30.32 crore.
Under Van Dhan Yojana, Chhattisgarh was given first prize and Nagaland second prize in the category of completing maximum survey. Chhattisgarh was given first and Nagaland second prize in maximum training category for Van Dhan Vikas Kendra clusters. In the category of manufacturing maximum products through value-addition, Chhattisgarh was given first prize for 121 products and Maharashtra was given second prize for 120 products.
Similarly, Chhattisgarh was given first prize for selling products worth Rs 4.24 crore and Manipur was given second prize for selling products worth Rs 1.98 crore in the category of maximum sale of products by value addition. Chhattisgarh and Maharashtra were jointly rewarded for preparing sanitizers from Mahua in the category of awards being given for new products and innovations. Apart from this, Chhattisgarh has been rewarded for the innovation of forest produce product Tamarind Chaska.
More than 44 percent of Chhattisgarh’s forest area
It is noteworthy that more than 44 percent of Chhattisgarh is forest area and forest produce collection is the main source of life and livelihood of the forest dwellers living in and around these forest areas. The state government has made a strong arrangement for procurement by increasing the support price for 52 forest produce instead of 7 forest produce to get the right benefits to the collectors. More than 6 lakh forest produce collectors of the state are getting benefited from this scheme. Chhattisgarh has been on the first place in the purchase of forest produce in the country for the last two years.
These forest produce is being purchased through 4,785 women self-help groups in the state. Due to increase in the number of forest produce and minimum support price, more than 13 lakh poor and tribal minor forest produce collectors are getting additional income of Rs 501.70 crore per annum.
139 Van Dhan Vikas Kendras have been established in the state for primary processing of minor forest produce. Due to which about 17 thousand 424 beneficiaries are getting benefitted. Out of the established 139 Van Dhan Vikas Kendras, 50 Van Dhan Vikas Kendras are processing minor forest produce as herbal products. Now the products of Chhattisgarh Herbals are also available for sale on platforms like Amazon. Establishing “Chhattisgarh Herbals” as a nationwide brand in the year 2021-22, herbals products are being sold all over the country and as a result, in the year 2021-22, the target of selling products worth Rs. is kept. This will benefit about 5000 members of women self-help groups engaged in processing works.