In Assam and Arunachal Pradesh, 150 trained Khadi artisans, including 100 women artisans, are involved in the Khadi and Village Industries Commission’s different self-employment programs (KVIC).
Shri Vinai Kumar Saxena, Chairman of the KVIC, presented turn woodcraft machines to 50 artists in Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh, and 50 agarbatti and pickle producing machinery to artisans in Guwahati, Assam.
KVIC has started a turn wood training program for local adolescents in Arunachal Pradesh for the first time, with the goal of establishing sustainable employment for local tribal youths in Tawang and revitalizing traditional woodcraft in the state. KVIC gave extensive 20-day instruction to these woodcraft artists, all of whom were from BPL families, and upon completion of their training, the artisans were given the machines.
Shri Saxena also handed out 50 agarbatti-making machines to 50 women artisans on Saturday as part of the flagship Prime Minister’s Employment Generation Program (PMEGP) to help them start their own agarbatti-making businesses. This also hopes to strengthen the local Agarbatti industry, which generates a significant amount of jobs in Assam. KVIC has also enlisted the help of a local Assam Agarbatti maker, who would provide raw materials and take back all of the Agarbatti made by these 50 women entrepreneurs in exchange for labor fees.
KVIC Chairman Shri Saxena said the Khadi activities in North East are aligned with Prime Minister’s vision of “Aatmanirbhar Bharat” by making youths self-reliant. “KVIC has laid great emphasis on creating sustainable employment and strengthening traditional crafts in the North East. KVIC’s support to turn woodcraft, Agarbatti making, and agro and food-based industries like pickle making will empower the local youths and women and create employment at their doorsteps.”
KVIC has recently launched two Eri Silk Training and Production Centres in Arunachal Pradesh, as well as revitalizing the Monpa Handmade Paper sector in Tawang. In the last few years, KVIC has established around 430 bamboo product manufacturing units in Assam and Arunachal Pradesh, including Agabatti and round bamboo stick manufacturers.
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