Odisha Launches LABHA Scheme, A 100% State-funded MSP Scheme for Tribal Empowerment

Odisha CM Launches LABHA, 100% State-funded MSP Scheme for Minor Forest Produce, Know Details – Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has announced the launch of Odisha LABHA Scheme for the development and empowerment of the tribals of the state. The scheme was announced by the Chief Minister of the state on January 29, through which the benefit of 100% state funded Minimum Support Price for Marginal Forest Produce (MFP) will be provided. In today’s article, we are going to provide you with all the important information related to Odisha LABHA Scheme 2024, like for what purpose this scheme has been started and what are its benefits and eligibility etc. [Also Read – Odisha for AI Portal: Online Registration @ ai.odisha.gov.in, Check Eligibility]

Odisha LABHA Scheme 2024

Odisha LABHA Scheme is a 100% state-funded MSP for Minimum Support Price for Minor Forest Produce, the Minimum Support Price will be determined by the State Government each year. Additionally, the system will allow a primary collector (tribal) to sell minor forest produce at the minimum support price, which is collected by TDCCOL at the procurement centers. The decision of the Cabinet led by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik to launch Odisha LABHA Scheme 2024 in the state has been described as historic. Through this scheme, it is expected that the large tribal population of the state can be affected. [Read More]

Odisha LABHA Scheme

Overview of Odisha LABHA Scheme

Scheme NameOdisha LABHA Scheme
Started ByBy Odisha Government
BeneficiaryTribal citizens of the state
Apply ProcedureWill be launched soon
ObjectiveDevelopment of tribals of Odisha
BenefitsTribal people of Odisha will be developed
CategoryOdisha Government Schemes
Official WebsiteWill start soon

Objectives of Odisha LABHA Scheme 2024

The main objective of Odisha LABHA Scheme is to develop the tribals of Odisha, under this the MSP of MFP will be established annually by the state government. The MFP is collected at the procurement centers by the Tribal Development Cooperative Corporation Limited of Odisha. Under this, permission to sell MFP at MSP will be provided through Odisha LABHA Scheme by a Chief Collector who is a member of the tribe. [Also Read – Odisha Urban Wage Employment Scheme: Apply Online, Eligibility & Benefits]

Benefits of Odisha LABHA Scheme

The annual minimum support price for MFPs will be determined entirely by the State Government under the State-Funded Laghu Baan Caste Stock Purchase Scheme. Under this, tribal members, who are 99 percent primary collectors of MFP, will be allowed to market the produce through Tribal Development Cooperative Corporation of Odisha Limited collection facilities. Women SHGs of Mission Shakti will be integrated by the government with the operation of this scheme, as women constitute a large number of these 99% tribal primary collectors. 

These procurement centers will be maintained by SHGs and other designated organizations working with TDCCOIL, originally ₹100 crore was set aside by the state government under which 2% would go to some other body or to the SHGs. The funds will be paid into beneficiary accounts through Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) as soon as they are collected, though the state government intends to include 30,000 indigenous members in the program, but it is expected that this will be the total number. Soon it will reach one lakh.

Benefits of Odisha Small Ban Caste Money Purchase Scheme

Under this, all purchase automation systems will record the purchase point, information about primary collectors, and the total number of MFPs collected. Technology will be used to ensure transparency in the procurement automation system, and tribal citizens of the state will benefit more in line with the Vision 5T framework (Teamwork, Technology, Transparency and Time to Drive Change). Apart from e-tendering, value addition and processing units will also be examined to increase TDCCOL sales. 

An estimated ₹25 crore is being invested by the state government to set up a tamarind processing facility in Rayagada with the aim of providing further benefits to the tribal community. Additionally the plant tamarind will be used for value addition, which was obtained through Odisha LABHA Scheme, making selling the produce to middlemen impossible in the crisis of this scheme.

Tribal Groups in Odisha

The state of Odisha has one of the most diverse tribal landscapes in the country, inhabited by 62 different tribes, including the Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Groups numbering around 13. The third largest concentration of tribal community is in Odisha, apart from this, more population of tribal community resides in the states of Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra. Apart from this, Scheduled Tribes living in Scheduled Areas constitute about 68.09% of the total tribes of the state. 

There are a total of 314 blocks in Odisha, out of which 121 have been declared as Scheduled Areas. Additionally, the Scheduled Areas classification applies to approximately 44.70% of the state’s geographical area, with twenty-one tribal languages present in Odisha. The State Government is expected to protect, develop, promote and preserve the tribal languages through this Commission. Apart from this, among other rich initiatives, it also focuses on multilingual education, documentation and preservation of tribal languages, use of those languages and linguistic rights. 

Security support will be provided for the development of tribal languages. The multilingual education initiative covers all 21 tribal languages that are recognized by the government in its educational system, and worked with the Center to include tribal languages like Mundari, Kui and Saora in the Eighth Schedule of the Indian Constitution. 

Various efforts have been made by the state government to include these languages in the Eighth Schedule, but to no avail. Every year the Minimum Support Price will be determined by the State Government, Minor Forest Produce collected at the procurement centers under this scheme by TDCCOL, a primary collector, can be sold at the Minimum Support Price.

How to Apply under Odisha LABHA Scheme 2024?

The official website to apply under Odisha LABHA Scheme has not been notified by the Government of Odisha. When the official website will be announced by the state government, then all the eligible applicants can easily fill the application form by visiting the official website.

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