Khadi: ‘kashi New Focal Point Of Self-reliant India’ | Varanasi News – Times of India

Varanasi: The chairman of Khadi and Village Industries Commission, Manoj Kumar, on Friday inaugurated the 10-day state level exhibition organized in the premises of the divisional office of KVIC in Varanasi, the parliamentary constituency of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Khadi institutions, PMEGP/REGP units of other states including Uttar Pradesh are displaying their Khadi and village industry products in the exhibition.
During the inauguration programme, the chairman distributed margin money grant amounting to Rs 77.45 crore on the sanctioned loan of Rs 227.21 crore to 2,215 beneficiaries of the Central and East Zone under the Prime Minister’s Employment Generation programme. Earlier, 180 electric pottery wheels were distributed in Khadi Gramodyog Vikas Samiti, Marui, Sindhaura. Along with setting up a unit costing 5 lakhs for 10 trainees trained from the Central Footwear Training Institute, Agra under the LeatherCraft Scheme, advanced footwear repairing toolkits were also distributed to 75 leather artisans.
Speaking on the occasion, Kumar said that the KVIC has increased the wages of cotton weavers by 33 percent with effect from April 1, 2023. Earlier the cottons were given at Rs 7.50 per lash, which has been increased to Rs 10. The wages of Katin weavers have increased by 150 percent since 2014.
“The holy land of Varanasiis today the new focal point of self-reliant India. Due to the efforts of the Prime Minister, Khadi has become global from local,” he said. He added that the KVIC, through various schemes of the MSME ministry, is moving forward in the direction of reaching every state, district, town and village of the country and providing self-employment opportunities to the youth and women.

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