Khadi and Village Industry Commission (KVIC) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with two khadi institutes in Gujarat to supply solar-driven charkha under Prime Minister's Employment Generation Program (PMEGP). Gondal-based Udyog Bharti Trust and Rajkot-based Khadi Gram Udyog Sangh-Samanvay will provide solar charkhas to khadi institutions and artisans across India.
"We have signed an MoU to provide solar driven charkha to various khadi institutions to increase employment in this sector under PMEGP. Both Udyog Bharti and Samanvay will supply 100 solar charkhas each by March-end this year", said Sanjay Hedaoo, director of KVIC Gujarat.
Under PMEGP, the government provides 25% subsidy to male beneficiaries and 35% to female beneficiaries.
Last week, Giriraj Singh, minister of state for micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME) had visited Udyog Bharti and seen test results of solar charkha. Impressed by their production and cost efficiency, Singh asked KVIC to supply 100 solar charkhas from Udyog Bharti.
Chandrakant Patel, secretary of Udyog Bharti Trust said, "Trial run of solar charkha with eight and 10 spindles are on in our premises. The minister had visited our campus and found that Udyog Bharti made charkhas were producing more khadi at lesser cost than those developed by others. Hence, the minister asked us to supply the same through KVIC."
The Udyog Bharti Trust is now initiating a trial run with 15 spinning wheels of 10-24 spindles that cost Rs 35,000-40,000 each. As of now, eight spindle's solar charkha produces 45,000 meters khadi while production on eight spindle's hand driven charkha is not more than 25,000 meters.
Hand driven ambar charkha of Udyog Bharti have been one of the most popular amongst khadi institutes and artisans in India.
Similarly, Rajkot based Samanvay trust, which produces and sells khadi clothes in Gujarat has signed an MoU with KVIC to provide 100 solar charkhas to their artisans. Samanvay has planned to invest about Rs 1.25 crore on it.
Ajay Doshi, director of Samanvay said, "We will buy normal charkhas and convert them into solar charkha with the help of Mahatma Gandhi Institute for Rural Industrialization (MGIRI) and distribute it to our artisans under PMEGP. We will spend about Rs 1.25 crore on it."
News Source : Business Standard