Govt to introduce five schemes for rural firms

New Delhi, Apr 29 | Updated: Apr 30 2007, 05:30am hrs
Government will introduce five schemes for the agro and rural industries to provide financial and technological assistance for the rural population, besides increasing employment opportunities.

The five schemes are Workshed-cum-housing scheme for khadi weavers and artisans, enhancement of productivity and competitiveness of Khadi industry and artisans, package for developing infrastructure of Khadi institutions including nursing fund for weak institutions, restructuring of rural employment generation programme and rejuvenation, modernisation and technology upgradation for coir industry.

The second phase would entail promoting five mega clusters in Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Orissa, minister for small scale industries Mahabir Prasad told the Rajya Sabha in a written reply.

The schemes will provide financial assistance to 200 of the A plus and A category khadi institutions through public-private partnership, besides renovating sales outlets to increase employment base.

The rural employment generation programme will propose to merge major employment generation schemes like Pradhan Mantri Rozgar Yojana and Rural Employment Generation Programme. Under the coir upgradation scheme, additional employment to around 50,000 workers every year, modernisation and increasing the utilisation of husk would be undertaken.