20th January 2021: The Ministry of Tribal Affairs under two of its associated agencies namely National Scheduled Tribe Finance Development Corporation (NSTFDC) and National Education Society for Tribal Students (NESTS) will be entering into 2 MoUs with Khadi Village Industries Commission (KVIC) to procure school uniforms for tribal students and also to promote tribal entrepreneurship.
Under the first agreement the agency National Education Society for Tribal Students (NESTS) will be procuring around 6 lakhs meters of Khadi fabric at an approximate cost of Rs.15 crore from KVIC.
This move will benefit around 75,000 students residing in the remotest part of the country in 23 states. The next year government is planning to increase its budget to Rs 50 crores which would benefit around 360000students in 750 schools. KVIC will be able to offer fabric for the Pant & Shirt of Boys and Kurti, Salwar & Jacket for the Girls.
The honorable Union Minister of Tribal Affairs, Shri Arjun Munda on the occasion stated that the Ministry has laid a lot of emphasis on the development of tribal education through one of its flagship interventions of Eklavya Model Residential Schools (EMRS) to impart quality education to ST students.
“As part of the revamping of the program, it was felt to have a standard school uniform design for the students keeping in view the various climatic factors. The focus of the government and the clarion call of Hon’ble Prime Minister to embrace Khadi as a philosophy and recently as a critical component of the AtmaNirbhar Bharat strategy, the Ministry felt it appropriate to source the fabric for uniforms of EMRS Students from KVIC,” The minister added.
"This is a giant leap in the arena of tribal education as by the year 2022 there will be 740 EMRS across the country,” He said.
The second MoU will be signed between NSTFDC and KVIC. NSTFDC is a Section 25 company under the Ministry of Tribal Affairs responsible for implementing concessional loan schemes for the economic development of tribals in India for funding entrepreneurial ventures of aspiring scheduled tribes in all sectors of the economy.
Therefore the proposed MoU between NSTFDC and KVIC will formalize this arrangement and will be a landmark initiative to bring synergy between NSTFDC and KVIC in reaching out to tribal entrepreneurs under the larger ambit of the PMEGP scheme.
The Tribal Affairs Ministry has also partnered with the National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT), New Delhi as a part of the revamping exercise. The MOU is been signed in the presence of Honorable Minister of Tribal Affairs and Honorable Minister of Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSME).
Union Minister of Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises, Shri Nitin Gadkari explained that Children, who are the future of this country, have always been a focus of various schemes and programmatic attention of Government of India.
“Be it schemes of education, sports, skill development, nutrition or all-round development taking the concept of ‘SabkaSaathSabka Vikas’, Government of India has taken a number of landmark steps. There could not be a more befitting way than this to take the message of Mahatma Gandhi to the tribal villages as the country is in the midst of “150 years of Celebrating the Mahatma,” Shri Gadkari mentioned.