Khadi Industry Plans To Give Employment To 5 Crore People In 5 Years: Union Minister Giriraj Singh
The Ministry of Medium, Small and Micro Enterprises (MSME) have decided of a target to employ around five crore people through the khadi industry over the next five years, Union minister Giriraj Singh has said.
"We have made a plan to introduce solar-run spinning wheels in KVIC (Khadi and Village Industries Commission) so that it can provide employment to over five crore people throughout the nation in the next five years," Mr Giriraj Singh.
The Union Minister of State for MSME was speaking in Mumbai on the sidelines of an event, 'Khadi by Raymond'.
"Presently khadi is less than one per cent of textiles, but due to constant efforts in the last two years, the khadi industry sales have gone up from Rs. 35,000 crore in 2014 to about Rs. 52,000 crore," he said.
The KVIC has partnered with private players, including Arvind, Raymond and others, for joint promotion of the fabric, under Various schemes, including interest subsidies, financial assistance under the market promotion and development scheme, cluster-based development opportunities, as well as design-oriented public private partnerships, are being promoted by the ministry
The aim is to popularize and boost the use of khadi, especially among the youth and corporate.
Mr Singh said that fashion designers are also being involved for launching eco and user-friendly products."The new scheme of 'zero defect, zero effect', launched by the prime minister, will help increase the quality to match the global standards," he said.
There are more than 7,000 showrooms of the KVIC which can be used as selling points of khadi products since KVIC is looking to promote khadi as a fashionable fabric ia about to open premium lounges in major cities,The ministry is also looking to expand the khadi stores network through more franchisees and tie-ups with partners for e-commerce sales, Mr Singh said.