Jan 022016
 

Vanbandhu Kalyan Yojana

Conservation of the forest is not a singular project. It is closely related with the development and well-being of the tribal people living in those areas. The welfare of the tribes has been overlooked for many years. Under the new central government, things are about to change with the implementation of the Vanbandhu Kalyan Yojana. With this scheme, the central and the state governments will bring about overall development of the tribal areas and the native residents.

Name Vanbandhu Kalyan Yojana
Direction By Prime Minister of the nation, Narendra Modi
Launched Date November, 2014
Launched By Mansukhbhai Dhanjibhai Vasava
Supervised By Ministry of Tribal Affairs
Official Links http://vky.tribal.nic.in/
Target Audience Tribal Area

Key features of the Vanbandhu Kalyan Yojana

  1. Development of tribal areas all over the country – As per the details highlighted in the scheme, the central government will assist the respective bodies to bring about holistic development in the lives of tribal people. It will be implemented in any and every part of the country that has tribal population.
  2. Central and state cooperation is a must – It is clear that the operation of the program is the brain child of the central government. But it will require the assistance of the state government in each area for the successful implementation. The actual tasks will be carried out by the state authority but it will be done under the guidance of the central government.
  3. Covered area – It has been mentioned in the scheme that the scheme will be implemented, step by step, in 10 states. All these states have a sizeable amount of tribal population. These ten states are Himachal Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Odisha, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Jharkhand and Gujarat.
  4. Pilot basis – During the initial stages of the implementation of the scheme, the state as well as the central government will observe the results. For this, the operation will be carried out on a trial basis. Then on, it will be spread to other tribal blocks as well.
  5. Providing sustainable job opportunities –The main feature of the scheme is to provide a better livelihood to the people belonging to the local tribes. It can be done by discovering ways, which will give rise to sustainable job opportunities.
  6. Opportunities of higher education – There are not many schools in the tribal areas. It is the main issue why the overall literacy rate of the areas is low. With the assistance of the financial donation from the central government, the state will develop schools and colleges. It will help the children in these areas to pursue better and higher education.
  7. Health and housing – With education, the state government will also work towards constructing permanent houses for the tribal people. With this, adequate measures will be taken for developing health and sanitation awareness.
  8. Providing clean drinking water – Another issue in these backward areas is the absence of clean drinking water. Under this scheme, the state authority will strive to lay pipelines for providing clean and safe drinking water to all tribal families in that area.
  9. Providing irrigational facilities – If the cultivation is developed in these areas, then the lifestyle of the people is bound to change. For this, the state government will provide irrigation facilities, which will be in accordance to the weather, soil and terrain.
  10. Construction of proper roads – To provide ease of communication of the tribal people with the main city, the state will also invest in the constriction of pucca roads. These roads will be function in all weathers. When the roads are laid down, the transportation facility will improve too. As the number of state and private vehicles starts to operate, the tribal people will be able to reach the cities within no time.
  11. Providing electricity – Providing proper electricity connection, to all the homes in that particular tribal area, is another aim of the scheme.
  12. Promoting sports in the area – Tribal people are also lagging behind in the sports. Another feature of the scheme is to develop the facilities in such a way so that the tribal people can take part in sports.
  13. Promoting tribal culture – There is a different flavor in the culture of the tribal group in a particular place. The lifestyle, customs and rituals will differ from one tribe to another. The scheme will conserve and highlight each tribal culture of that specific area.

Budget allocated for the scheme

The welfare of the tribal areas has always been neglected. The present central government is all set to change the scenario. During the preliminary announcement of the scheme, the central government allocated a huge budget of 100.00 Crore. As the implementation will take place in selected areas on a trial basis, the authority, within Schedule V regions, will be provided with 10 crores initially.

The central government has designed the scheme not only for developing the situation and living standards of the tribal people, living in the forest and the backward areas. It will also assist in preserving the overall condition of the native area and conserve the forest as well.

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