KVIC Current Affairs - 2020

Kumhar Sashaktikaran Yojana: 100 Electric Potter Wheels distributed

The Union Home Minister Shri Amit Shah distributed 100 electric potter wheels under Kumhar Sashaktikaran Yojana of KVIC (Khadi and Village Industries Commission).


The electric potter wheels were distributed to the marginalized potter community under Atma Nirbhar Bharat Abhiyan. The wheels were distributed to the artisans who were trained under Kumhar Sashaktikaran Yojana of KVIC.

Kumhar Sashaktikaran Yojana

The scheme was launched by KVIC. It reaches out to potters in the states of Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Haryana, West Bengal, Haryana, Rajasthan, Assam, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Odisha, Bihar, and Gujarat.

The scheme provides support to potters in training for advanced pottery products, market linkages and visibility through KVIC exhibitions and latest and new technology pottery equipment like that of electric Chaak.


The KVIC is a statutory body that was established in 1956 under Khadi and Village Industries Commission Act. It works under Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises. It aims to plan, promote, and organize establishment and development of KVIC industries in rural areas. The three major objectives of KVIC are as follows

  • Social Objective: To provide employment in rural areas
  • Economic Objective: To provide saleable articles
  • Wider Objective: To create self-reliance among people and build strong rural community spirit.

KVIC taps Indian Palm Industry

The Khadi and Village Industries Commission is to roll out a project to produce Palamgur and Neera. The initiative is to generate huge employment.


Neera is to be introduced as a substitute for soft drinks. This will create self employment opportunities to tribal. It was first launched in Maharashtra where there are more than 50 lakh palm trees.

About the initiative

The KVIC distributed tools for making Palmgur and to extract Neera. The tools included axes, ropes and knives. The KVIC also provided a 7-day training programme to the local artisans. The initiative has been rolled out by the Ministry of MSME (Micro, small and Medium Enterprises).


Neera is extracted from the palm trees before sun rise. There are more than 10 crore palm trees in the country. However, due to lack of commercial market techniques, large scale Neera production has not commenced in the country.

Neera also has great export potential. Neera is consumed widely in countries such as Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, Myanmar, Africa and Sri Lanka.