Union Minister for
Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises Shri Kalraj Mishra informed today in
Mumbai that the Prime Minister’s Employment Generation Programme of
Ministry of MSME has a major tool for generating employment
opportunities in urban and rural areas.
He also said that Khadi is a pre-dominantly women oriented sector and 80
– 90% of the artisans are women , Since inception till today about 4
lakh micro enterprises has been set up under the PMEGP scheme providing
employment opportunities to 34.96 lakhs persons. He also briefed on
online system under PMEGP for transparency and to accelerate the pace of
The main focus of the Khadi & Village Industry Sector is to bring in
betterment and improve wage conditions of the Khadi artisans. KVIC in
the recent Commission meeting has proposed to enhance spinning wages
from Rs. 5.50 per hank to Rs. 7 per hank which will provide around Rs.
200 per day (8 hrs working) to the Khadi spinner.
He narrated that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s call through ‘Maan Ki
Baat’ for buying at least one item of Khadi by the countrymen has
generated a great response.
The Khadi Reform Development Package(KRDP) is an important support
provided for Capacity Building of Khadi institutions through assistance
of Asian Development Bank (ADB). KRDP scheme is intended to develop the
overall infrastructure and production capabilities of Khadi Institutions
including IT-MIS, sales outlets renovation, khadi product design and
The Minister assured that the Government is very serious about Khadi and
Village Industries sector since it is the only sector which can provide
employment at a very low capital investment of Rs. 13500/-. Similarly
employment under Village Industry involves minimum capital investment of
Rs. One lakh.
Shri Mishra also announced that the DSOs of KVIC will be offering a
special 5% discount to women to celebrate womens empowerment for one
week beginning March 8.