Aizawl, May 5: There has been a considerable increase in production and employment generation in the Khadi and Village Industries (KVI) sector in the North Eastern region during the first three years of the Tenth Plan.
The Union Ministry of Agro and Rural Industries(ARI) has earmarked separate budget allocation for KVI programmes from 2003 to 2005.
Official sources here said today that the Union Ministry has released more than Rs 30 crore till January 2006, while for the period 2006-07 a budget provision of Rs 60 crore has been earmarked.
Besides, a total of about 1,599 entreprenuers were given training till January 2006 across the region.
The ARI is implementing a number of developmental schemes in the NE region through the KVIC and the Coir Board. The various schemes under implementation include the PMRY and the REGP.
The village industries being set up in the hilly and backward areas are pottery, bee keeping, processing of cereals&pulses, fibre, fruit&vegetable processing industries, soap, activities like carpentry and blacksmithy and also khadi and polyvastra.
The Khadi village industries commission programme 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, the official sources added.