Khadi and Village Industries Commission Current Affairs - 2020

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MSME Minister launches ‘Khadi Rumal’ stitched by militancy affected women of J&K

Union Minister for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) Nitin Gadkari launched the sale of ‘Khadi Rumal’ stitched by militancy affected women of Nagrota town of Jammu and Kashmir. The aim is to provide employment to the women in the terrorist affected areas as  well as create employment opportunities for militancy affected families of J&K.

Key Highlights

Iin 2016, Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) started a napkin stitching centre at Nagrota for the families of militancy-affected areas in Valley, with a view that if people living in rural areas are provided job opportunities then they would not need leave their homes in search of jobs.

In the initial phase a ‘Rumal’ costs Rs.50, and the plan is to do production of 5 crores such Rumals. Currently, the turnover of village industries in India is Rs.75000 crore and by March 2020, the aim is to increase this turover by Rs.1,00,000 crore.

At the event, Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) also signed an agreement with Paytm to facilitate the sale of 2 crore pieces of Rumals through their portal. MSME Ministry also annnouced 50% increase in remuneration of women workers to Rs 3 per piece from Rs 2 per piece presently.

CSIR, BHEL signs MoU to push ‘Make in India’ initiative

The Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) on promotion of honey production Khadi outlets to also display CSIR products.

Key Highlights of MoU

MoU is signed to leverage expertise available in CSIR with effort of KVIC for promotion of honey production as well as to enable wider outreach of CSIR technologies and products.

MoU will help formalize working relationship between two organizations, CSIR and KVIC in areas like honey testing, promotion of Honey Mission alongside CSIR Aroma Mission as well as proposed CSIR Floriculture Mission. It will also explore display of CSIR technology products at important KVIC outlets, enlisting of CSIR licensees in KVIC network in a way that CSIR products can reach to wider audience.

About Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC)

It is a statutory body established by Union Government, under the Parliament’s ‘Khadi and Village Industries Commission Act of 1956’. It was founded in 1956 with headquartered in Mumbai. It works under Union Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME), with regard to khadi and village industries within India.

About Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)

It was established by Government of India as an autonomous body in September 1942. It has since then emerged as the largest research and development organisation in India. Over the years, CSIR has been pursuing R&D in various sectors and has developed a portfolio of processes, technologies and products in these sectors.