Ministries join hands to promote khadi

August 4th, 2008 - 9:59 pm ICT by IANS  

A file-photo of Mani Shankar Aiyar

New Delhi, Aug 4 (IANS) The ministry of panchayati raj Monday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Khadi and Village Industry Commission (KVIC) to promote khadi in rural India. Panchayat Raj Minister Mani Shankar Aiyar and Minister for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) Mahavir Prasad were present on the occasion.

Panchayats are the institutions of local self-governments holding the mandate for local economic and social development.

“The ministry of panchayati raj and KVIC have come together under the rural business hubs (RBH) initiative to promote khadi and village industries in rural areas by providing proper role to the panchayats in this initiative,” said an official press communiqué.

The MoU also intends at generating rural employment, higher and sustained income for rural producers by better marketing of products through convergence of schemes and efforts of KVIC and panchayats.

“The joint working of panchayats and KVIC will help in identifying potential projects that can be supported under KVIC schemes and also extend marketing support through the corporate members of industry working on the RBH initiative,” said a government official.

The district level meetings will be arranged in the selected districts in which the relevant schemes will be familiarised to the panchayats.

“KVIC will also extend the services of its Rural Industries Consultancy Services (RICS) to potential beneficiaries for project formulation and linkages with banks,” said the statement.

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