New Delhi, Aug 4 : A memorandum of cooperation was signed between Ministry of Panchayati Raj and Khadi and Village Industry Commission (KVIC) today.
It was signed in the presence of Mani Shankar Aiyar, Minister of Panchayati Raj and Mahabir Prasad, Minister of Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME).
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/ Khadi and Village Industries Board (KVIB) will jointly identify potential projects that can be supported under KVIC schemes and also extend marketing support through the corporate members of industry working on the Rural Business Hubs (RBH) initiative.
For this purpose, district level meetings will be arranged in the selected districts in which the relevant schemes will be familiarized 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. herever required, skill development or 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.
Pacnhayats are the Institutions of local self-governments holding the mandate for local economic and social development.
The Ministry of Panchayati Raj and KVIC have come together under the Rural Business Hubs (RBH) initiative to promote khadi and village industries in rural areas by providing proper role to the Panchayats in this initiative.