V.N. Harinath

Each cluster to provide employment for 500 artisans

  • Rs. 1 crore to be invested in each cluster
  • KVIC to contribute Rs.75 lakhs as subsidy

    HYDERABAD: Five clusters under the Khadi and Village Industries Commission's newly introduced Scheme of Fund for Regeneration of Traditional Industries (SFURTI), each providing employment to 500 artisans in the State, have been approved.

    The approval was accorded by KVIC, State KVIB and the State Government. Sources told The Hindu that Rs. 1 crore each would be invested in the clusters with KVIC contributing Rs. 75 lakhs as subsidy and the implementing agency the balance.

    The clusters are: Cotton Khadi in Srikakulam and Sircilla, Wood Craft Training, Chittoor, Agarbati Manufacturing in Hindupur and Roofing Tiles in Vizianagaram district.

    Fourteen more clusters are in the pipeline. They include Cotton Khadi in Ilapuram (Guntur dist.) and Huzurabad (Karimnagar), Burnt Lime in Piduguralla (Guntur), Tribal in Devarakonda (Nalgonda), Woodcarving Craft (Srikalahasti), Manufacturing in Chintapalli (Nalgonda), Ayurvedic, Unani and Herbal Medicine (Ranga Reddy), Terrakota pottery in Chittoor, Sea Shell Power Manufacturing in Tanguturu (Prakasam), Khadi in Tuni (East Godavari), Refractory Products (West Godavari), Pickle making in Panduru (East Godavari), Bamboo Products in Saluru (Vizianagaram) and Putarekulu sweets in Atreyapuram (East Godavari).

    Production

    An official said khadi and village industries in the State had so far made products worth over Rs. 766 crores and achieved sales of more than Rs. 885 crores. Providing employment to 5.56 lakh persons, they had earned over Rs. 375 crores.

    Under the Rural Employment Generation Programme in AP till 2005-06, 17,136 projects were set up with Rs. 147.44 crores as margin money and bank credit of Rs. 516.04 crores. They created employment for 234,871 persons. KVIC implemented 19 khadi projects and one Village Industries (VI) project under the Productive Development Design Intervention and Packaging up to 2005-06. Under the Rural Industries Service Centre, one project costing Rs. 25 lakhs (bee-keeping) was taken up.