Centre launches scheme to promote tribal products of Northeast region
Munda on Tuesday launched a centrally sponsored scheme to promote value addition and marketing of products made by the tribal people of the northeastern region
IMPHAL: Union Tribal Affairs Minister Arjun Munda on Tuesday launched a centrally sponsored scheme to promote value addition and marketing of products made by the tribal people of the northeastern region. Launching the 'Marketing and Logistics Development for Promotion of Tribal Products from the Northeastern Region' (PTP-NER), the minister said that through TRIFED (the Tribal Cooperative Marketing Development Federation), the scheme aims to empower individuals to become self-employed and self-reliant.
"The vision of the Prime Minister is to 'Look East', focus on development, and promote tribal products to enhance the livelihood of tribal entrepreneurs and create endless business opportunities. As this area is constitutionally a tribal region, understanding the tribal communities is essential," the minister said. Manipur Chief Minister N. Biren Singh and other dignitaries were present at the function held in Imphal.
Arjun Munda said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has time and again stressed on a national programme for 'One District, One Product' for the promotion of unique tribal products, and TRIFED would collaborate with the state governments and agencies to ensure the promotion of these products through teamwork, providing solutions and value addition for these products.
The northeast region has always possessed immense potential in every field, and the tribals have ensured through their efforts the overall development of the nation, he said, adding that all these efforts are aimed at helping the tribal entrepreneurs and beneficiaries evolve into a greater market both at the national and international level, and the government will launch more schemes to help the tribals.
Biren Singh said that the barriers with the Centre in terms of developmental schemes have been removed "now that we have realised that the government of India is focusing on providing the tribals of our region with a better quality of life". Through improved efficiency in the procurement and marketing of tribal items from the northeastern states, the PTP-NER has been designed to strengthen the opportunities for tribal craftsmen to support their livelihoods.
Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Tripura, and Sikkim are among the states that will be covered by the programme. (IANS)