The Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) has put forward a proposal to include Khadi spinning under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA).
The MGNREGA is the flagship employment programme of the Government of India, which aims at enhancing the livelihood security of people in rural areas by guaranteeing hundred days of wage-employment in a financial year to a rural household whose adult members volunteer to do unskilled manual work.
Virbhadra Singh, Minister for MSME, said the daily wages of those employed to spin Khadi are lower than the minimum wages fixed under MGNREGA, which necessitates efforts to increase the earning of those involved in the Khadi sector as well.
Inaugurating a Khadi and Garmodyog fair in Rajasthan, the Minister said his Ministry will submit a proposal to the Union Cabinet seeking inclusion of Khadi spinning work under MGNREGA.
The Minister added that he would urge the Prime Minister and the Finance Minister to waive the loans of those Khadi weavers who are not in a position to repay the same.
He revealed that the Government is planning to introduce a Khadi mark to ensure genuineness of Khadi.
He said there is a good demand for standard hand-woven items in advanced nations and India itself is a vast market for such items. In view of the same, he recommended strong marketing and promotion activities to ensure a bright future for the Indian fabric – Khadi.
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