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KVIC plans to upgrade cotton sliver plants

The Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) will upgrade its six cotton sliver plants. The aim is to increase cotton supply to khadi institutions. The plants' production capacity will be increased by 40 per cent. KVIC will spend about Rs 40 crores on the upgradation of the plants. More such sliver plants may be set up. Another plan is to encourage prison inmates to take up khadi production and provide a platform at KVIC's khadi outlets. If this works the scheme will be extended to prisons across the country.

Recognising the importance of enhancing the wages of khadi artisans to a moderate level, and in order to ensure that the profession provides sustainable life support, the commission will increase the remuneration per hank. This will increase the income of over 1.5 million khadi artisans across India. Higher wages are expected to help improve khadi production in India.

KVIC has set a target of Rs 2000 crores of sales of khadi and village industries products in the year 2016-17. Last year sales stood at Rs 1510 crores. Going forward, KVIC is aiming at sales worth Rs 5,000 crores in the next two years. KVIC is also setting up export cells to promote overseas sales of the products.