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MSME – Major tool for generating employment – Kalraj Mishra

 


Mumbai: March 8,2017

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 implementation.


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 development etc.

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.

 

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