KVIC Launches Self-Employment Schemes in Bundelkhand region to Empower Rural Artisans

16 Khadi institutions are currently operating in the Bundelkhand region, with the majority of the craftsmen being women.

Several individuals in Uttar Pradesh’s Bundelkhand region took a step toward self-sufficiency by joining the Khadi and Village Industries Commission’s self-employment activities (KVIC).

In a statement, the Press Information Bureau said: The Minister of State for MSME Bhanu Pratap Singh Verma distributed electric potter wheels, bee boxes, and agarbatti making machines to rural artisans of Jhansi district and neighbouring parts of the Bundelkhand region during an event held in Jhansi on Sunday.

Anurag Sharma, the Minister of Parliament from Jhansi was also present and during the occasion, a public awareness campaign for the central government’s flagship Prime Minister’s Employment Generation Program (PMEGP) was launched.

200 bee boxes, 100 electric potter wheels, and 50 Agarbatti making equipment were among the tools donated by KVIC. Over 600 local residents will be employed as a result of this. These recipients have also received training from KVIC in order to carry out activities at their homes.

Verma praised the KVIC’s efforts in the Bundelkhand region, saying that the equipment given to these rural craftsmen would offer them with a source of income at their doorstep, and that Uttar Pradesh, particularly the Bundelkhand region, has a large potential for job development. The Minister went on to say that the government is committed to accelerating employment development in the region by executing major programmes such as the PMEGP, Honey Mission, and Kumhar Sashaktikaran Yojana.

According to KVIC Chairman Vinai Saxena, these KVIC projects are targeted at uplifting the poorest of the poor. According to him, the Bundelkhand region of Uttar Pradesh is a KVIC prime area where a variety of programmes have been implemented to provide self-employment opportunities for farmers, unemployed youths, and women.

Over the previous three years, KVIC has empowered over 300 potters’ families in the Bundelkhand region, providing jobs for almost 1200 people. It has also boosted the PMEGP scheme by establishing approximately 11,000 new industrial units in the region, resulting in the creation of 8800 direct jobs. KVIC has provided a subsidy of Rs 75 crore to help these projects.