Staff Correspondent

Aim is to prevent people from moving to cities for jobs

  • A beneficiary can take a loan up to Rs. 25 lakh for a project
  • KVIC has been organising exhibitions to promote khadi

    CHITRADURGA: The Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) is giving subsidy of up to 30 per cent to set up small-scale or cottage industries, said V.K. Shukla deputy director, KVIC, Bangalore.

    He was speaking after inaugurating a programme on khadi awareness organised by Khadi and Gramodyoga Ltd., Chitradurga, at SJM PU College here on Wednesday. He said a beneficiary could take a loan of up to Rs. 25 lakh for a project.

    The aim of the commission was to reduce migration of people from villages to cities in search of jobs. The commission provided training to people and helped them get financial assistance from banks to set up businesses in villages, he said.

    The commission had received around Rs. 200 crore from the Government, which was being used to extend subsidy and provide training in 18 different categories such as making candles, agarbathis, papads, paper plates and handloom weaving.

    The commission had a main training centre in Bangalore where nearly 1,800 people were trained every year, he said. The duration of training varied between three days and nine months at a nominal fee.

    The Government had also introduced the Rural Employment Guarantee Programme where experts conducted training at the village level for self-help groups.

    Mr. Shukla said the commission was organising national- and district-level exhibitions to promote khadi. It had tied up with companies, such as ITC, and the National Institute of Fashion Technology who bought raw material from Khadi Gramodyoga.

    Shivalingananda Swami of Kabirananda Math said that khadi was an attire of the common people. He said that khadi was an affordable garment and urged people to adopt it.

    Principal of the Multidisciplinary Training Centre in Bangalore Jagannath Rao was present.