As many as 150 trained Khadi artisans including 100 women artisans in Assam and Arunachal Pradesh are associated with various self-employment activities of Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC).
Vinai Kumar Saxena, Chairman, KVIC distributed turn woodcraft machines to 50 artisans in Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh and 50 agarbatti making machines and 50 pickle making machines to the artisans in Guwahati in Assam.
This is for the first time that KVIC has begun the turn wood training programme for local youths in Arunachal Pradesh which aims at creating sustainable employment for local tribal youth in Tawang and reviving the traditional woodcraft in the state. These woodcraft artisans, all belonging to rural below poverty line (BPL) families, were provided with a comprehensive 20-days training by KVIC and upon completion of their training, the machinery was provided to these artisans.
On Saturday, Saxena also distributed 50 agarbatti making machines to 50 women artisans under the flagship Prime Minister’s Employment Generation Program (PMEGP) to set up their own agarbatti manufacturing units. This also aims at strengthening the local agarbatti industry, which is a major employment creator in Assam. KVIC has also roped in a business partner, which is a successful local agarbatti manufacturer of Assam that will provide raw material and take back all the agarbatti produced by these 50 women entrepreneurs by paying labour charges.
Speaking on the occasion, KVIC Chairman said the Khadi activities in North East are aligned with Prime Minister’s vision of ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat’ by making youths self-reliant. “KVIC has laid great emphasis on creating sustainable employment and strengthening traditional crafts in the North East. KVIC’s support to turn woodcraft, agarbatti making and agro and food-based industries like pickle making will empower the local youth and women while creating employment at their doorsteps,” he said.
Notably, in recent times, KVIC has opened two Eri Silk Training and Production Centres in Arunachal Pradesh and revived the Monpa handmade paper industry in Tawang. Also, more than 430 units of bamboo products including agabatti and round bamboo stick manufacturing have been set up in Assam and Arunachal Pradesh by KVIC in a couple of years.
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