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TRIBAL FOREST DWELLERS EMPOWERMENT SCHEME
 
Govt. of India has enacted the Scheduled Tribes and other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act, 2006. Under this act, Scheduled Tribes and other Traditional Forest Dwellers have been given the right to hold the forest land for habitation and/ or for self-cultivation or for any other traditional activity for generating livelihood.
The objective of the Tribal Forest Dwellers Empowerment Scheme is to generate awareness, provide training to beneficiaries, give NSTFDC’s concessional financial assistance, assist in market linkage, etc. to the Scheduled Tribes Forest Dwellers for facilitating productive utilisation of land.
A Scheduled Tribe, who has received land right under the Forest Rights Act, 2006 is eligible for availing financial assistance under this scheme.
·         Quantum of assistance: Unit cost of the scheme can be upto Rs. 1 Lakh. Upto 90% assistance from NSTFDC as concessional loan and the balance by way of promoters’ contribution/margin money/subsidy.
·         Handholding Support/ Training: Forest Right Holders seeking financial assistance from NSTFDC will be entitled to handholding support and need based training in the relevant field.
·         Rate of Interest: 6% p.a. chargeable from beneficiary.
·         Repayment Period: Theloan is to be repaid in quarterly instalments within a maximum period of 5 years, including a moratorium period of six months.
·         Indicative Activities

Minor irrigation
Vermi Compost
Sericulture/ Bee keeping
High yielding variety seeds
Medicinal/ Ornamental Plants
Floriculture
Horticulture
Poultry
Goat/ sheep rearing
Rubber plantation
Piggery
Fruit Orchards
Betel Nut Cultivation
Dairy
Minor Forest Produce

Note: The above is only an indicative list and applicants can undertake any other viable income Generating Activity also.
 
 
By: PWT& FD