LUCKNOW/NEW DELHI || Khadi and Village Industries Institutions who sell their products through their own sales outlets and also sales outlets of State Khadi and Village Boards (KVIBs) & Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC), spread all over the country have done good business over the previous year, the Rajya Sabha was informed on Monday.
To maintain uniformity of all sales outlets, these are called “Khadi India” sales outlets, whether it is owned by Khadi Institutions (NGOs) or State KVIBs or KVIC, Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises told the Upper House of the Parliament in a written reply.
The Khadi Institutions (NGOs) are free to open their new “Khadi India” sales outlets as per their need from time to time, he added. The Khadi and Village Industries (KVI) sector has a wide network of 8058 sales outlets nationwide. Out of these, 23 are Departmental Sales Outlets (DSOs) of KVIC and 8035 are sales outlets of Khadi Institutions (NGOs) and State KVIBs.
The sales under the KVI sector for the last two years show an increasing trend. In 2017-18, the sales were Rs 59182.43 crore while it jumped to Rs 74292.09 in 2018-19. KVI products are manufactured by Khadi and V.I. units assisted by KVIC. KVIC also extends all out support to these units in marketing their products.
KVIC promotes KVI Institutions and units through the implementation of KVI programmes and extends financial assistance in the form of a grant, out of budgetary support received from the Government of India.