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Revolutionary E - Charkhas, a boon for craftsmen

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Sep '08
Shri R C Sharma, the Secretary and Chief Executive Officer(CEO) of Khadi and Village Industries Board (KVIB) along with the District Officer and other officials of the Board recently visited Bandipora. The reason for this visit was to assert the impact of recently introduced 6 and 8 spindle Electronic Charkhas (E- Charkhas).

Both khadi institutes, Khadi Sangh and Harmukh Sansthan have started using the E- Charkhas, which has resulted in increase in production and wages of the artisans. The yarn produced out of this E- Charkhas is also of high quality and have enhanced the scope of marketing.

During the interaction with the secretary and the artisans of Nadhial, Watrina, Bandipora and Sonorwane it was revealed that the artisans who were earning Rs 18 to 20 per day only have started earning Rs 45 to 50 per day within the first two months of using the E- Charkhas and are expected to earn Rs100 to 110 per day. Besides KVIB has taken initiatives to ensure that all traditional Charkhas are renovated in order that artisans can improve their daily income.

Supplies from Ahmedabad and Bangalore have already been booked for supply of E- Charkhas. The Secretary also informed about the welfare schemes for artisans like Life Insurance covered up to Rs1 lakh, and in case of injury and disability of any artisans while working the sum assured is Rs25,000 and scholarship to the children of the artisans at Rs 1200 per year was also announced here.

The Secretary later also visited the site of Common Facility Center (CFC) to be set up by the Khadi Sangh Institution at Nandihal, Bandipora, where warping machine, dyeing plants, hampering and twisting machine will be installed for the benefit of the artisans. This will further enhance the capacity to improve the wages of spinners and weavers.

Another CFC for Harmukh Sanstan at Watrina was also visited where the Cluster Development Executive was asked to prepare building plan for Village Industries products, such as Namda embroidery, Gabba sazi, shall embroidery, chain stitch, crewel work. Later an awareness camp was also organized at Watrina.

Khadi and Village Industries Board


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