The Prime Minister’s Employment Generation Programme (PMEGP) is estimated to have generated over 11,13,000 jobs during the three years to 2017-18, Union Minister Giriraj Singh said today. The PMEGP is a credit linked subsidy scheme, for setting up of new micro-enterprises and to generate employment opportunities in rural as well as urban areas of the country through KVIC, State Khadi & Village Industries Board and District Industries Centre.
In a written reply to the Rajya Sabha, the Micro,Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) Minister further said that in order to revive the sick Khadi Institutions, Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) implements ‘Strengthening of Infrastructure of Existing Weak Khadi Institutions and assistance for Marketing Infrastructure’ scheme.
The minister, however, said that there is no plan to reopen the closed Khadi Gramodyog centres situated amongst different panchayats of the country. He said various schemes have been implemented and progressive works done for the Khadi and Village Industries during the last three years.
Meanwhile sales performance of entire sector under Khadi and Village Industries has increased from Rs 41,894.56 crore in 2015-16 to Rs 60,451.28 crore in 2017-18, according to provisional details. In reply to another question, Singh stated that the new model Charkhas give good quality yarn and has enhanced wages of Khadi artisans.