GUWAHATI: KVIC (Khadi and Village Industries Commission) Chairman Vinai Kumar Saxena has said that the growth of Khadi industries has made a quantum jump from six per cent in 2014 to 29 per cent now.
Addressing the media at city hotel on Saturday, Saxena said, "We're approaching various ministries, schools, universities and other to adop khadi. Some of the institutions have accepted our plea. All paramilitary forces will adopt khadi products in their canteens. We've IITs and NITs with us to provide technical support.
"Under the PMEGP (Prime Minister Employment Generation Programme) 2.28 lakh people have been employed. To make traditional industries more productive and competitive and facilitating their sustainable development the Centre is setting up a fund for the generation of traditional industries," he said.
The other programme of KVIC, according to Saxena are – launching of a Central sector Scheme titled 'Scheme of Fund for Regeneration of Traditional Industries (SFURTI), honey mission for which Rs 49.78 crore to the KVIC has been approved to upgrade the income of unemployed youths and the Kumhar Sashaktikaran Yojana (KSY), an initiative to upgrade the potters community launched in 2018. Rs 29.31 crore has been approved for this scheme.
He said that the Prime Minister lays stress on khadi not to capture the market but to make people adopt it.