Remembering Bapu: 'Khadi' reached at Bengal's - Murshidabad to help women artisans

Recently KVIC distributes charkha, looms, and garment machines to 2,250 artisans in Bengal.

Khadi came in forefront as a pure hand-woven native dress material during Swadeshi movement led by Mahatma Gandhi. The khadi fabric has been origin in Indian subcontinent much before during ancient period. Many historians specially mentioned in the history of ancient civilization Mohenjo-Daro had hand-woven cloths that are so similar to the texture of Khadi. Many ancient literary references historians had found the earliest description of cotton textiles in India.
 
Bengal
The West Bengal Khadi & Village Industries Board is entrusted with the planning, promotion, organization and implementation of programmes for the development of Khadi & Village Industries in the rural areas. One of the main functions of the West Bengal Khadi & Village Industries Board (WBKVIB) is to grant financial assistance to the rural artisans, Individuals, Entrepreneurs, Co-Operative Societies, Regd. Institutions, Panchayat Raj Institutions to enable them to take up various schemes according to approved programmes of Khadi & Village Industries Commission (KVIC). Different zonal and annual fair is being organised by the West Bengal Khadi and Village Industries Board, which is part of the State Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises and Textiles Department.
 
The Khadi and Village Industries Commission
The Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) is a statutory body formed in April 1957 by the GOI under the Act of Parliament, 'Khadi and Village Industries Commission Act of 1956'. It is an apex organisation under the Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium scale industries (MSME).

Recently KVIC distributes charkha, looms, garment machines to 2,250 artisans in Bengal. Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) rolled out a massive employment drive benefiting 2250 artisan families in Malda district of West Bengal. Aiming to create sustainable livelihood opportunities in the state, KVIC Chairman Vinai Kumar Saxena distributed 1155 new model charkhas, 435 Silk Charkhas, 235 readymade garment making machines, 230 modern looms and 135 reeling basins to artisans' families. The beneficiaries include nearly 90 per cent women artisans who are engaged with spinning and weaving activities.
 
Distribution of these advanced tools is one of the biggest such exercises in West Bengal in recent years. This drive will be a big boost to the spinning, weaving and reeling activities in the Silk and Cotton industry in Malda. KVIC has disbursed Rs 14 crore to strengthen 22 Khadi Institutions of Malda. This exercise will also strengthen the readymade garment industry in the district which has been a major source of livelihood for local artisans.

As a tribute to Bapu on his 73rd Martyr’s Day KVIC distributed 825 charkhas, 50 Silk Charkhas,95 garment machines,235 looms &120 reeling basins to 1650 artisans in West Bengal's Murshidabad District on Saturday 30th January. The big focus of KVIC in Bengal is to empower rural artisans with Khadi's schemes. 

Ankita Chakraborty

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