Integrated Tribal Development Programme (ITDP)
Tribals are the integral part of the forest eco-system and their economy depends on the forest resources. Tribal villages are mostly enclosures located within the forest area. In order to improve the productivity of the forests close to the tribal settlements, afforestration works over an extent of 15,000 ha was undertaken to plant useful tree species yielding Minor Forest Produce (MFP), bamboo, small timber and poles. The different components of ITDP are: Buffer Zone Activities- It consists of Income Generation Activities (IGA) and Community Development Works (CDW). Through CDW infrastructure development in the village such as providing drinking water supply, roads, etc. are undertaken. Through IGA the SHGs and individuals will be given loan to take up alternate employment. Village Forest Councils - Village Forest Council (VFC) is formed in each project village. All willing households in the village are represented by one male and one female member. An Executive Committee (EC) consisting of 5 to 15 members is elected by the VFC. The EC elects a President. The Forest Ranger of that area is the Member Secretary of the VFC. Micro plan- VFC conducts Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA) to understand the resources available and needs of the people and then prepares a location specific Micro plan for implementation of activities under the project. The Micro-plan gives the details of the village and the adjoining forests. SHGs act as an effective tool for women empowerment. At least two SHGs will be formed in each project village. Each member of the group will be given a loan up to Rs.5,000/-.