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Khadi and Village industries gaining strength in North East

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Shillong, May 3 (UNI) Production and employment generation in the Khadi and Village Industries (KVI) sector in the North East region has increased during the first three years of the Tenth Plan Period starting from 2002-03.

The Ministry of Agro and Rural Industries (ARI) has earmarked separate budget allocation of Rs.31.54 crores till January 2006 for KVI programmes in the region, a government release said here today.

For the period 2006-07, the ministry has made a budget provision of Rs 60.60 crore. Besides, a total of 1,475 people have been given training in the KVI sector during the three-year period from 2002-03 to 2004-05.

The Ministry is currently implementing several developmental schemes in the region through the Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) and the Coir Board.

Village industries are being set up in the hilly and backward areas under the Prime Minister's Rozgar Yojana (PMRY) and the Rural Employment Generation Programme (REGP). These include pottery, bee keeping, processing of cereals and pulses, fibre, fruit and vegetable processing industries, soap, activities like carpentry etc.

'' The programmes of KVIC for rural industrialisation is expected to further increase the earnings of artisans, weavers, spinners and individual entrepreneurs and also output of high quality KVI goods from this region, '' said the release.

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