Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) distributed 300 bee boxes including equipment and bee colonies at Malavalli subdivision in Mandya district in Karnataka, under the Honey Mission programme, during the four-day visit to the state by KVIC Chairman, Manoj Kumar Goel on Wednesday.
On the first day, he inaugurated the Electric Potter’s Wheel training programme for skill upgradation of local rural people engaged in potter’s work under Gramodyog Vikas Yojana, in which about 40 trainees are participating at Malavalli.
Addressing the participants on this occasion, he said, “KVIC is playing a crucial role in generating employment opportunities for youth, especially women in villages, and hilly-border areas through its various schemes and programmes. This is also leading to self-reliance in lakhs of spinners through spinning on charkhas with self-respect and meeting the daily needs of their family.
Chairman KVIC also reiterated that KVIC through its diverse efforts is contributing to create additional employment opportunities in the country. He said that distribution of bee boxes, machines and bee colonies to the beneficiaries trained in beekeeping will also develop new means of employment.
He also stressed on the vision of the Prime Minister to make the youth of the country self-reliant by starting small and medium enterprises and becoming ‘job providers’ instead of job seekers.
Goel shared details of setting up enterprises through PMEGP (Prime Ministers Employment Generation Programme) units in the country. In order to promote manufacturing enterprises, the maximum cost for setting up a unit under the manufacturing sector has also been increased by the Government of India from Rs. 25 lakhs to Rs. 50 lakhs. This will encourage setting up new enterprises under the PMEGP scheme, he added.
He said it is noteworthy that in areas like Malavalli and other parts of the country, Project RE-HAB have been implemented and beehives have been placed on regular routes of elephants so that it acts as floodgates and prevents human deaths due to elephant attacks. This has given successful results.
He added that KVIC has distributed 800 bee boxes, equipment and bee colonies to 80 beekeepers under the ‘Honey Mission’ programme in the state of Karnataka during the last financial year. In addition to that, KVIC also distributed 100 electric wheels to potters under the ‘Kumhar Sashaktikaran Yojana’ and 201 toolkits to trained tannery artisans under Leather Industry Programme. Under the PMEGP scheme, 5,864 units have been set up, through which employment opportunities were provided to 46,912 people and disbursement of about Rs 157.74 crore subsidy.
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