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Shri Prasad inaugurates first meeting of NKVIB

Jun '07
The Union Minister for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, Shri Mahabir Prasad has said that Khadi will have to match the standards of the new products that are available in the market.

He said that competition in the market increased tremendously as a result of marketing and technological developments due to globalisation.

He said that special attention should be given to specific technological requirements so that the standards of the KVI products were improved to make them face the competition in the market. Shri Prasad was inaugurating the first meeting of the National Khadi and Village Industries Board (NKVIB).

Elaborating on the performance of Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) Shri Prasad said, during the Tenth Plan, 1,21,961 units were established under Rural Employment Generation Programme to which margin money assistance of Rs.1452 crore was released by the Government through KVIC to the beneficiaries.

An estimated 25.25 lakh additional employment opportunities have been generated during the Tenth Plan. He said, there was an urgent need for substantially enhancing the wages of Spinners and Weavers from the present level.

Earlier the Chairperson of KVIC, Smt. Kumud Joshi said, through KVI activities, 20 lakh additional employment could be created within 4 to 5 years at low capital investment.

She said a proposal had already been submitted to the Government for additional fund requirement. The day long meeting of NKVIB deliberated on various subjects like new schemes approved by the Government, ensuring remunerating wages, convergence with like minded originations, rebate system, opening of SC/STs new institution and clusters and export of Khadi through various exhibitions and outlets abroad etc. Members from all over the country attended the meeting.

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