Handmade ‘Pankhas’ by tribals to be offered to eminent guests this I-day

New Delhi (NVI): As a part of its continued endeavour to support and sustain tribal incomes and livelihoods, TRIFED has once again collaborated with Ministry of Defence to supply handmade Pankhas to eminent dignitaries and guests who will participate in the Independence Day celebrations.

The handmade fans, sourced from tribal artisans across the country from states such as Rajasthan, Odisha, West Bengal, Bihar, Gujarat and Jharkhand, are eco-friendly and have been made out of natural, organic materials.

Furthermore, this is the third year of collaboration between TRIFED and Defence Ministry aimed toward supporting tribal livelihoods.

TRIFED, Ministry of Tribal Affairs’s mission is to empower the downtrodden tribal people, by promoting the economic welfare of their communities across India.

The past few months have seen TRIFED treble its efforts to bring the affected tribal people (artisans and forest dwellers) who have lost their livelihoods and jobs. This initiative of gifting handcrafted Pankhas sourced from tribal artisans is one such example of its efforts.

In addition to this, due to the suddenness of the pandemic overtaking our lives and the immediate lockdown, stocks by tribal artisans worth Rs 100 crore were lying unsold. In order to ensure that these stocks of tribal artisans are sold, TRIFED has launched an aggressive drive to sell these goods online through its Tribes India website and other retail platforms.

TRIFED is in the process of onboarding approximately 5 lakh tribal producers across the country and sourcing their natural produce, handcrafted goods. The Pankhas being supplied to Ministry of Defence will also be available at this e-marketplace.

-CHK