NEW DELHI || The Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME), through Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC), has been implementing Khadi Reform and Development Programme (KRDP) scheme for revival and increase the production of Khadi, not only in Bihar, but throughout the country.
In order to revitalize and reform the activities of Khadi and Village Industries (KVI) Sector, in terms of employment generation, enhancement in earning of artisans and ensure positioning of Khadi in consonance with the current market trend, a comprehensive reform programme namely Khadi Reform and Development Programme (KRDP), approved by Government of India is being implemented with the assistance from Asian Development Bank (ADB).
KRDP aims to revitalize the Khadi and Village Industries through Policy and Institutional Reforms. Specific objectives being repositioning Khadi and aligning it to market demand and trends, enhancing artisan welfare and empowerment, undertaking extensive capacity-building of Khadi Institutions, strengthening institutional mechanisms, implementation of MIS at Khadi Institution level and e-Governance at KVIC and strategic development of traditional village industries.
A total of 22 Khadi Institutions were given assistance under KRDP with a financial outlay of Rs.1484.93 lakhs for refurbishment of Khadi programme in the State of Bihar.
For the revival of sick Khadi Institutions, assistance up to Rs. 9.90 lakh is provided to weak and problematic Khadi Institutions to bring them back to normalcy. For the renovation and modernization of sales outlets run by KVIC, Khadi Institutions and KVIBs financial assistance are being provided under the ‘Assistance for Marketing Infrastructure’ scheme.
As of now, 2326 number of Khadi Institutions are working under Khadi Programme, out of which 85 KIs are working in Bihar State. This information was given by Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha.