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New khadi schemes in the offing

The Khadi Gramodyog Vikas Yojana will be extended for a year. This is expected to benefit over 50 villages. A new scheme Rozgar Yukt Gaon has been introduced. The aim is to create entrepreneurs in the khadi sector thereby generating employment opportunities for thousands of new artisans.

Rozgar Yukt Gaon will be rolled out in 50 villages by providing 10,000 charkhas, 2000 looms and 100 warping units to khadi artisans, and would create direct employment for 250 artisans per village. The total capital investment per village is estimated at Rs 72 lakh as the subsidy and Rs 1.64 crore in working capital from the business partner. Advanced skill development programs will be conducted through existing centers of excellence.

Four design houses will be set up across the country with an investment of Rs 5 crores each to create modern designs and ethnic wear with regional variations.

Khadi sales in 2018 jumped 32 per cent, lifted by the increase in fabric production by at least 40 per cent. The Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) plans to take khadi to the global markets. In 2018 KVIC managed to exhibit khadi products in over ten countries by displaying to the world the most niche products.