Under its revised mandate TRIFED has stopped bulk procurement in Minor Forest Produce
      (MFP) and surplus Agricultural Produce (SAP) from tribals. TRIFED now functions as a ‘market
      developer’ for tribal products and as ‘service provider’ to its member federations.
      Relevant Website: www.trifed.in
      Forest Rights of STs
            The Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights)
      Act, 2006 seeks to recognize and vest the forest rights and occupation in forest land in forest
      dwelling scheduled tribes and other traditional forest dwellers who have been residing in such
      forests for generations but chose rights on ancestral lands and their habitat were not adequately
      recognized in the consolidation of state forests during the colonial period as well as in
      independent India resulting in historical injustice to them. The Act has been notified for
      operation from 2007.
            Rules, for implementing the provisions of the Act, were notified in 2008 and they envisage
      the constitution of various Committees under the Act, viz, the sub divisional level committee,
      district level committee and the state level monitoring committee, by the state governments. All
      the states have been requested to nominate the nodal officer for implementing the provisions of
      the Act. The state governments were also requested to take necessary steps to ensure that
      awareness is created about the objectives, provisions and procedures of the Act and the Rules
      through various measures including awareness programmes and printed material such as posters
      in the regional languages; ensure the translation and publication of the Act and the Rules in all
      the regional languages and arrange to distribute to all gram sabhas, forest right committees and
      all departments of the government including panchayati raj, rural development, tribal and social
      welfare and forest departments; undertake the orientation of officials, civilian representative and
      non-governmental organizations in the state, who can then be called upon to assist as resource
      persons in the awareness programmes; and sensitize the sub-divisional and district level
      committees on the objectives, provisions and procedures of the Act and the Rules.
            As per the Act, the responsibility for recognition and vesting of forest rights and distribution
      of land rights rests with the state government. All the state governments have been directed that
      the entire process of vesting of forest rights as per the Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional
      Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act, 2006 should be completed at the earliest.
      Web-based MIS for online monitoring of the implementation of the Act has been made
      operational from 2008 for testing purposes on website http://www.tribal.gov.in.
      Vanbandhu Kalyan Yojana
            The central government launched an approach, namely, Vanbandhu Kalyan Yojana (VKY)
      with a view to translate the available resource into overall development of tribal population with
      an outcome-based orientation. The VKY has been adopted as a strategic process. It aims at
      creating enabling environment for need based and outcome oriented holistic development of
      tribal people. This process envisages to ensure that all the intended benefits of goods and
      services under various programmes / schemes of central as well as state governments actually
      reach the target groups by convergence of resources through appropriate institutional
      Umbrella Scheme for Education of ST Children