Amount Spent by Trifed to Procure Tribal Products



Amount Spent by Trifed to Procure Tribal Products
The amount spent by Tribal Cooperative Marketing Development Federation of India Limited (TRIFED) to procure tribal products during the last three years is as under:-


Sl. No
Year
Purchase (Rs in Lakhs)
1
2012-13
943.74
2
2013-14
1049.62
3
2014-15
891.05
           
The amount passed on to tribal artisans/producers against the purchase of these products during the last three years is as under:-

Sl. No
Year
Purchase (Rs in Lakhs)
1
2012-13
525.69
2
2013-14
578.92
3
2014-15
536.99

The sourcing of tribal products by TRIFED are undertaken through empanelled suppliers comprising individual tribal artisans, tribal SHGs and Organisations/ NGOs/ Agencies working with tribal artisans. After empanelment of the artisans, the samples collected from them are forwarded to TRIFED’s Purchase and Pricing (P&P) Committee at Head Office for including the same in the Tribes India product line. The P&P Committee after assessing the samples recommend for either including the products in Tribes India product-line at a particular price or reject the same, as the case may be. The price for a particular product is fixed while ensuring that tribals receive fair price for their products and at the same time the products are sold from Tribes India Outlets after adding the margin.

            This information was given by Union Minister of State for Tribal Affairs Shri Mansukhbhai Dhanjibhai Vasava in a written reply in Rajya Sabha today. 

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Tribals in A & N Islands
            The tribe-wise population of Scheduled Tribes in Andaman and Nicobar Islands as per Census 2011 is given below: -

Tribes
Population
Andamanese,   Chariar,   Chari,   Kora,   Tabo,   Bo,   Yere, Kede,   Bea,   Balawa,   Bojigiyab,   Juwai,   Kol
44
Jarawas
380
Nicobarese
27168
Onges
101
Sentinelese
15
Shom Pens
229

Based on information received from the Directorate of Tribal Welfare, Andaman and Nicobar (A&N) Administration, Nicobarese follow Islam and Christianity.   
The A&N Administration has opened various channels of communication with the Jarawas so as to ascertain their present concerns as well as their future needs within the framework of Government of India’s Policy. This has yielded promising results in terms of the communities’ greater confidence in sharing information relating to poaching, encroachment and other forms of abuse they have had to face.    

With regard to Sentinelese tribes, the A&N Administration has adopted an ‘eyes-on and hands-off’ policy to ensure that no poachers enter into the island. A protocol of Circumnavigation of the North Sentinel Island has been made and notified in consultation with Government of India, which have yielded meaningful results.

Exclusive medical wards in Primary Health Centres (PHCs) located near the Jarawa Reserve at Tushnabad, Kadamtala and GB Pant Hospital, Port Blair have been set up for treatment of Jarawas.  Such wards are also declared as Tribal Reserve under the Protection of Aboriginal Tribes Regulation, 1956 to prevent any interaction of the unauthorised non-tribals with the Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Groups (PVTGs).  Medical Sub Centres have been established by the A&N Administration at Dugong Creek in Little Andaman & Strait Island for providing health care facilities to the Onges& Andamanese tribes.  Health card of each individual of PVTGs is maintained by Tribal Welfare Officers of Andaman Adim Janjati Vikas Samitie (AAJVS)/Medical Sub Centres and are regularly updated. 
 The expertise available with the Central Government Institutions like Regional Medical Research Centre (RMRC), the Department of Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy(AYUSH) & GB Pant Hospital is utilized for the wellbeing of the PVTGs from time to time.  Nutritional supplements are being provided to the pregnant women, lactating mothers and infants belonging to Onge&Andamanse tribes through AAJVS.  Currently Shompen/ Nicobari/ Onges patients are airlifted to Port Blair for treatment in case of emergency from Campbell Bay & Dugong Creek by the A&N Administration through the existing fleet of Helicopters. 
The A&N Administration through AAJVS extends all financial support to the tribal students of Onge&Andamanese communities for their education at the primary, middle and higher secondary levels. Exclusive Middle level schools have been established in the tribal settlements for Onges at Dugong Creek, Little Andaman and for Andamanese at Strait Islands. Informal education system has been introduced amongst the Jarawas and Onges children through bilingual bicultural curriculum developed by Andaman and Nicobar Tribal Research Institute (ANTRI) and AAJVS.
            This information was given by Union Minister of State for Tribal Affairs Shri Mansukhbhai Dhanjibhai Vasava in a written reply in Rajya Sabha today. 


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Preservation of Cultural Life of Tribals of A&N Islands

The Ministry of Tribal Affairs supports documentation and preservation of tribal culture. As a part of the scheme of “Research, Information & Mass Education, Tribal Festivals and Others”, financial assistance is extended to Tribal Research Institutes (TRIs) established in eighteen States and the Union Territory of Andaman & Nicobar Islands. In addition to the above, in 2014-15 this Ministry has launched Vanbandhu Kalyan Yojana as a strategic approach and one of the focus areas of this strategy is tribal culture. Ministry of Culture, Government of India through the Zonal Cultural Centres has also organized several programmes on folk, tribal culturs, festivals in Andaman & Nicobar Islands for the preservation of cultural life of the Tribals. The Central Institute of Indian Languages, Mysore, has undertaken various projects for the preservation of tribal culture in Andaman and Nicobar Islands, including study on the language of particularly vulnerable tribes. Andaman and Nicobar Administration encourage tribal communities to showcase the rich culture heritage of Nicobarese in the Island Tourism Festival at Port Blair, every year.

The Andaman & Nicobar Administration has apprised that a Memorial has been constructed at the entrance of the Water Sports Complex at Port Blair in the memory of those Great Andamanese, who had laid down their lives in the famous Battle of Aberdeen fought on 17th May 1859 against Britishers and a solemn function is organized every year on this day. Ministry of Culture, through its autonomous organization namely Eastern Zonal Cultural Centre (EZCC), Kolkata, had organized a theatre show namely “Aberdeen Ki Ladai” performed by rural artistes of Andaman & Nicober Islands in the year 2006 at Kolkata and Santiniketan.

This information was given by Union Minister of State for Tribal Affairs Shri Mansukhbhai Dhanjibhai Vasava in a written reply in Rajya Sabha today. 

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