n 9th August 2020, In an event of International Day of World’s Indigenous Peoples Chief Minister (CM) of Chhattisgarh, Bhupesh Baghel announced the launch of “Indira Van Mitan Yojana”, an initiative to support the forest dwellers of Chhattisgarh to achieve self-reliance. The scheme aims to add around 19 lakh families from the scheduled areas of Chhattisgarh and provide self-employment opportunities to the tribal forest dwellers.
i.Under the “Indira Van Mitan Yojana”, a group of 10 to 15 youngsters will be formed in around 10,000 villages in the tribal areas of Chhattisgarh, to manage the forest based economic activities.
ii.The groups will enable the establishment of new avenues to enable self-employment for the forest dwellers and manage the procurement, processing and marketing of the forest produce.
iii.The plantation of fruit bearing trees and medicinal plants are encouraged under the scheme.
iv.The state government has planned to set up Forest produce processing units in around 85 development blocks in the scheduled areas of the state.
v.The estimated cost to set up a single forest produce processing unit is around Rs.10 lakhs and an amount of Rs.8.50 Crore will be made available to set up the processing units in 85 development blocks.
i.The Bodhghat irrigation project on the River Indravati in Bastar was initiated to increase the irrigation in the tribal areas of Bastar.
ii.The compensation and rehabilitation package of the land under the submergence area of the Bodhghat irrigation project will be decided by the local tribals.