Hyderabad, Nov 20 (UNI) Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) Chairperson Kumud Joshi today said the KVIC had 1919 institutions in its fold and it was producing saleable goods worth Rs 12.383 crore.
Addressing a press conference here, she claimed that the KVIC was providing employment to 88.92 lakh artisans in the rural sector. It was also planning to introduce electronic 'charkha,' which could generate electricity, she added.
Ms Joshi, who was the former Governor of Andhra Pradesh, said the KVIC had introduced three major brands - Khadi, Sarvodaya and Deshi Aahaar.
Exclusive products like essential oils, high fashion designer garments, herbal products were developed under the brand name 'Khadi' to cater to the high end market as well as exports.
Sarvodaya products like toilet soap, pickeles, agarbatti, honey were aimed at domestic consumer market.
KVIC had also launched organic food products like cereals and spices powder, under the brand name of Deshi Aahaar, which were pure natural.
Stating that the creation of artisan fund was one of the inbuilt component of cost chart mechanism that regulates the cost of khadi, she said the fund was conceptually meant to run on the line of provident fund.
Keeping in view of the unemployment scenario, creation of seven crore new jobs has been emphasised in the 11th five-year plan approach paper, she said.
The share of KVIC sector would be around 46.30 lakhs additional employment, she added.
Training was one of the important inputs as well as functions to develop and upgrade the skill of artisans, she said, adding, Rural Industrial Consultancy Servcie had been established across the country.
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