Power from ‘Electronic Charkha’

M. L. Melly Maitreyi

Two hours of spinning on the Charkha would generate enough power to turn on lights and a radio

HYDERABAD: The Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) will soon introduce ‘Electronic Charkha’ which, besides spinning yarn, will help in generating electricity to light bulbs in homes.

Two hours of spinning on the Charkha would generate enough power to turn on lights and power a radio in an artisan’s house for six to seven hours. Disclosing this to mediapersons here on Thursday, KVIC Chairperson Kumudben Joshi said it was one of the many innovative schemes promoted by KVIC besides producing khadi in four to five natural colours. KVIC signed an MoU with Dharwad Agricultural University for producing khadi in natural colours.

Nodal agency

Ms. Joshi said under the Prime Minister’s Employment Generation Programme, KVIC was the nodal agency at the national level to implement the scheme across the country in rural and urban areas through State KVI Boards and District Industries Centres. Entrepreneurs would get loans in the range of Rs.5 lakh to Rs.25 lakh and 35 per cent of it would be given as subsidy.

The Union government through KVIC was also giving Rs.1 crore to develop khadi and village industries clusters to generate employment for 40 lakh artisans by the end of the 11th Plan period under the Spoorthi programme.

Special focus was given to quality and design by involving fashion designers to develop Khadi products, including readymade garments, to suit the taste of young consumers, Ms.Joshi said. KVIC products, including soaps, paper, honey etc., enjoyed good demand in the domestic and international markets and recognising this, the Asian Development Bank agreed to sanction $ 150 million to KVIC for marketing, training and infrastructure facilities, she said.

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