Khadi & Village Industries Commission is implementing the following scheme to generate employment opportunities in the country

Khadi & Village Industries Commission is implementing the following scheme to generate employment opportunities in the country

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF MICRO, SMALL AND MEDIUM ENTERPRISES

RAJYA SABHA 

STARRED QUESTION NO. 149

TO BE ANSWERED ON 08.03.2021

Employment generation through KVIC

149. Shri Sanjay Seth

Will the Minister of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises be pleased to state:

(a) the steps taken by Government to generate employment for persons during the last three years through the Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC);

(b) the details of schemes initiated for this purpose; and

(c) the  names  of  States  which  are  likely  to  benefit  from  the  said  proposal including Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra and Haryana?

ANSWER
MINISTER OF MICRO, SMALL AND MEDIUM ENTERPRISES 

(SHRI NITIN GADKARI)

(a) to (c): A statement is laid on the Table of the House.

STATEMENT REFERRED TO IN REPLY TO PARTS (a) to (c) OF THE RAJYA SABHA STARRED QUESTION No. *149 FOR ANSWER ON 08.03.2021

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(a) & (b): Ministry through Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) is implementing the following schemes to generate employment opportunities across the country:

(i) Prime Minister’s Employment Generation Programme  (PMEGP) is a major credit-linked subsidy programme aimed at generating self-employment opportunities through establishment of micro-enterprises in the non-farm sector by helping traditional artisans and rural/urban unemployed youth. Under the scheme, beneficiaries can avail loan up to Rs. 25 lakh in the manufacturing sector and Rs. 10 lakh in the service sector, with subsidy of 15% to 35% for different categories.

Since 2017-18 till 28.02.2021, about 2.37 lakh micro enterprises have been assisted with a Margin Money subsidy of Rs. 6833.32 crore generating employment opportunities for an estimated 19 lakh persons.

(ii) Khadi Vikas Yojana: This scheme focuses on generating employment opportunities in the Khadi sector by providing assistance to the spinners, weavers and other artisans at their door step. The components of the scheme include Modified Market Development Assistance for promoting production and sales activities for Khadi products, interest subsidy to eligible Khadi institutions (KIs) under Interest Subsidy Eligibility Certificate, financial assistance to weak KIs for revival of activities, construction of worksheds for improved working conditions for artisans, assistance for modernization of KI sales outlets, etc. These measures have provided sustainable employment to around 5 lakh Khadi artisans.

(iii) Gramodyog Vikas Yojana: This scheme focuses on promotion and development of village industries in the country by enhancing the income of artisans through skill development & training, supply of tools and equipments and marketing support, etc. This scheme includes components such as Honey Mission and Kumbhar Sashktikaran Programme.

  • Honey Mission: Under this programme, bee boxes with bee colonies, tool kits and training are provided to supplement the income of farmers, adivasis and rural youth as beekeepers. Since inception in 2017-18 up to 28.02.2021, 1,44,809 bee boxes have been distributed to 14,600 beekeepers.
  • Kumhar Sashakti karan Programme: Under this programme, rural potters have been provided with training and new energy efficient equipment like Electric Pottery Wheels, Blungers, etc. Since inception in 2018-19 up to 28.02.2021, 18,655 electric pottery wheels have been distributed creating employment for 74,620 potters.

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(iv) Scheme of Fund for Regeneration of Traditional Industries (SFURTI) is being implemented to organize traditional industries and artisans into clusters to make their products competitive and provide the artisans with sustainable employment. Since 2017-18 till 28.02.2021, a total of 303 clusters have been assisted across the country covering 1,59,631 traditional artisans. Of these, 62 clusters have been assisted by KVIC, providing sustainable employment to 24,515 artisans.

(v) A Scheme for Promoting Innovation, Rural Industry & Entrepreneurship (ASPIRE) aims to support rural sector for skill development  and entrepreneurship by setting up Livelihood Business Incubators (LBIs) and Technology Business Incubators (TBIs). Under the scheme, 45,188 persons have been trained through 51 functional LBIs till 31.12.2020, out of which, 13876 persons are self-employed and 7641 persons have been employed in other units. KVIC through 4 LBIs have trained 1931 persons, of which 964 persons are self- employed and 125 persons have been employed in other units.

(c): All the above schemes are being implemented for the benefit of all the States and UTs across the country including Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra and Haryana.


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