Ministry of Panchayati Raj,KVIC sign MoU to promote khadi indust

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New Delhi, Aug 4 (UNI) The Ministry of Panchayati Raj and Khadi and Village Industry Commission (KVIC) today came together under a new initiative to promote Khadi and Village Industries in rural areas.

The Rural Business Hubs (RBH) initiative seeks to promote Khadi and Village Industries in rural areas by assigning proper role to the Panchayats in this initiative.

A memorandum of understanding in this regard was signed today between the Ministry of Panchayati Raj and KVIC in the presence of Union Pachayati Raj Minister Mani Shankar Aiyar, and the Minister for Small and medium Enterprises Mahavir Prasad.

Panchayats are the Institutions of local self-governments holding the mandate for local economic and social development.

Objectives of this joint working include generating rural employment, higher and sustained income for rural producers by better marketing of products through convergence of schemes and efforts of KVIC and Panchayats.

Under this initiative, Panchayats and KVIC/KVIB will jointly identify potential projects that can be supported under the KVIC schemes and also extend marketing support through the corporate members of industry working on the RBH initiative. For this purpose, District level meetings will be arranged in the selected districts in which the relevant schemes will be familiarised to the Panchayats.

KVIC will also extend the services of its Rural Industries Consultancy Services (RICS) to potential beneficiaries for project formulation and linkages with banks. Such proposals will be processed through the fast track system. Wherever required, skill development/skill upgradation training will be provided to the potential beneficiaries by KVIC through accredited training agencies. Ministry of Panchayati Raj will facilitate the Panchayats to set up Common Facility Centres and other minor infrastructure by converging resources from various schemes. Panchayats will also provide backward linkages in terms of identifying genuine beneficiaries for the KVIC Schemes.

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