Central government program encourages self-employment among rural artisans in Bundelkhand
Hundreds of people in the Bundelkhand region of Uttar Pradesh recently took a step towards self-reliance by joining the self-employment activities of the Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC).
At a big event in Jhansi on Sunday, Minister of State for MSMEs Bhanu Pratap Singh Verma distributed electric pottery towers, bee boxes and Agarbatti-making machines to rural artisans in Jhansi district and neighboring areas of the Bundelkhand region.
Jhansi MP Anurag Sharma was also present on the occasion. An awareness program on the flagship program of the central government for the creation of jobs of the Prime Minister (PMEGP) was also launched on this occasion.
Tools distributed by KVIC included 200 bee boxes, 100 electric pottery towers and 50 agarbatti-making machines. This will create cumulative employment for over 600 local people.
KVIC also provided training to these beneficiaries to carry out activities at their doorstep. Verma praised the initiatives of KVIC in the Bundelkhand region and said that the machines provided to these rural artisans will provide them with a livelihood on their doorstep and with this there is huge potential for job creation in the area. ‘Uttar Pradesh, especially in the Bundelkhand region.
The minister added that the government is committed to accelerating job creation by implementing flagship programs such as PMEGP, Honey Mission and Kumhar Sashaktikaran Yojana in the region.
KVIC President Vinai Saxena said these KVIC programs are aimed at empowering the poorest of the poor. He said the Bundelkhand region in Uttar Pradesh was an area of ââinterest for KVIC, where a number of programs have been implemented to create self-employment jobs for farmers, unemployed youth and women.
Over the past three years, KVIC has empowered over 300 potters’ families in the Bundelkhand region, creating livelihoods for nearly 1,200 people in the community.
It also gave significant impetus to the PMEGP system by setting up nearly 11,000 new manufacturing units in the region and thus creating 8,800 direct jobs.
To support these projects, KVIC also provided a grant of Rs 75 crore. In addition, 16 Khadi institutions are currently working in the Bundelkhand region and are engaged in spinning and weaving activities by mainly female artisans.