Rajasthan: Khadi and Village Industries Commission provides machines, toolkits to Khadi artisans

New Delhi: Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises informed that the Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) on Saturday distributed machines and resources to to 450 trained-khadi artisans in Jodhpur.

KVIC Chairman Vinai Kumar Saxena distributed 200 electric potter wheels to potters, 240 waste wood toolkits to Carpenters and 10 dona paper plate making machines to the local artisans from Jaisalmer, Barmer and Nagaur districts that have been trained by KVIC.

As per the ministry, the availability of resources will create direct employment for nearly 1100 people. These beneficiaries also include 170 BPL families.

The electric potter wheels have been distributed to 200 potter families from Jaisalmer that is known for its exquisite clay pottery. These potters have been empowered under KVIC’s flagship scheme “Kumhar Sashaktikaran Yojana” which aims at reviving the dying art of pottery and empowering the marginalized potter community.

KVIC Chairman Saxena said these initiatives have been launched under KVIC’s “Gramodyog Vikas Yojana” which aims at empowering the rural masses through self-employment and also strengthening the rural economy of the country. “These initiatives of KVIC is a major step towards fulfilling Hon’ble Prime Minister’s dream of Aatmanirbhar Bharat. Through these schemes, KVIC has created lakhs of employment not only in Rajasthan but in other parts of the country too,” Saxena said.

He said that KVIC is for the first time providing online marketing platform for the potters of Rajasthan so that they can sell their clay products across the country.

It may be noted that Rajasthan is a focus area of KVIC which has an immense potential of employment creation through Khadi activities. Also, a number of traditional art forms in Rajasthan including clay pottery are being revived by KVIC. So far KVIC has distributed over 5000 electric potter wheels in the state that has created nearly 14000 employment, read the release.

(With inputs from ANI)

first published:March 27, 2022, 5:01 p.m.

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