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Giriraj seeks Khadi industry boost, says will employ 50 mn people in 5 yrs

KVIC to promote khadi as a fashionable fabric and open premium lounges in major cities, says Singh

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 


The Ministry of Medium, Small and Micro Enterprises (MSME) has a target to employ around five crore people through the over the next five years, has said.

"We have made a plan to introduce solar-run spinning wheels in (Khadi and Village Industries Commission) so that it can provide employment to over five crore people throughout the nation in the next five years," Singh told PTI here yesterday.

The Union Minister of State for MSME was speaking here on the sidelines of an event, 'Khadi by Raymond'.

"Presently khadi is less than one per cent of textiles, but due to concerted efforts in the last two years, the sales have gone up from Rs 35,000 crore in 2014 to about Rs 52,000 crore," he said.

The is taking various steps to boost the Along with coir industry, the is on top of the ministry's agenda, Singh said.

"Various schemes, including interest subsidies, financial assistance under the market promotion and development scheme, cluster-based development opportunities, as well as design-oriented public private partnerships, are being promoted by the ministry," he said.

The has partnered with private players, including Arvind, Raymond and others, for joint promotion of the fabric.

The aim is to popularise and boost the use of khadi, especially among the youth and corporates.

Singh said that fashion designers are also being involved for launching eco and user-friendly products.

"The new scheme of 'zero defect, zero effect', launched by the prime minister, will help increase the quality to match the global standards," he said.

is looking to promote khadi as a fashionable fabric and to open premium lounges in major cities, he said.

There are more than 7,000 showrooms of the which can be used as selling points of khadi products.

The ministry is also looking to expand the khadi stores network through more franchisees and tie-ups with partners for e-commerce sales, Singh said.

is also looking to digitise its systems to facilitate e-governance to reduce paperwork and save time, he said.

First Published: Fri, May 19 2017. 11:43 IST