Staff Reporter

MADURAI: The Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) is to recommend ISO 9001 accreditation for two of its Sarvodaya Sangh (SS) in Tirunelveli and Virudhunagar districts, which together fetch around Rs. 16 crore per year.

The certification process for three other institutions, for which ISO audits were held last year, was under progress currently, Divisional Director of Madurai Region, M.T. Wakode, told The Hindu on Tuesday.

The Madurai region comprises of 10 southern districts. Sarvodaya Sanghs in Virudhunagar and Madurai districts were given financial support last fiscal to boost the units along with a Rural Employment Generation Programme unit in Madurai.

Obtaining this certification, he said, would boost product marketing. It would also help the village industries to compete with private enterprises. T

he two new facilities proposed this year are Ambasamudram SS at Veeravanallur, Tirunelveli district, and Ramanathapuram District SS at Srivilliputtur, Virudhunagar district.

The Ambasamudram facility earns Rs. 3.5 crore through ‘agarbathi’ products alone. It provides direct and indirect employment to 2,500 persons. The Ramanathapuram District SS manufactures toilet soaps and employs around 900 persons.

The SS would prepare a proposal seeking ISO 9001 accreditation with the aid of consultants. The Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) is the certifying body for the accreditation.

The BIS would conduct a rigorous auditing process of the entire management system to ascertain if everything was in accordance with the mandated norms, Mr. Wakode said.

It would assess the supply chain from raw material storage, record keeping to marketing of products. Upon the satisfactory completion of the auditing process, the BIS would accord accreditation to the units concerned.