KVIC Current Affairs - 2020

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First Silk Processing plant in Gujarat to boost “PATOLA SAREE” production

On January 3, 2020, the Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) inaugurated the first “Patola Saree” production unit in Gujarat. This will help to cut down the cost of silk yarn production and also will increase the sale of raw material for Patola sarees.

Highlights

The silk production plant has employed 90 local women of which 70 belong to Muslim community. The installation cost of the plant was Rs 75 lakh and the KVIC operating under Ministry of MSME has contributed Rs 60 lakhs. The plant has been built in a backward district of Gujarat (Surendranagar district). The aim of the plant is to make silk readily available to Patola saree manufacturers to boost its production.

Patola Saree

Patola is the trademark saree of Gujarat. They are highly expensive and were once worn only by royal aristocratic families. With the new plant, the cost is expected to come down.

The idea behind the installation of new plant is to buy cocoon from the states of Karnataka and West Bengal and process them in the plant. This will help reduce the cost of production to a great extent.

Among all silk varieties in India, Patola sarees are among the top 5 silk sarees.

History

The Patola silk was founded by the Salvi caste (Scheduled) in the states of Maharashtra and Karnataka. They moved to Gujarat in 12th century in order to acquire patronage of Rajputs.

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.