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KVIC signs MoUs with Tribal Ministry to generate employment for tribal population

KVIC has signed two MoUs with the Ministry of Tribal Affairs on January 19 for creating local employment, strengthen Khadi artisans and the tribal population

Minister of MSME Nitin Gadkari addressing the gathering after signing of MoUs
Minister of MSME Nitin Gadkari addressing the gathering after signing of MoUs

New Delhi: The Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) and the Ministry of Tribal Affairs have signed two MoUs on Tuesday for the purchase of Khadi fabric for tribal students, and on partnering of Tribal Affairs Ministry with KVIC as an implementing agency for Prime Minister Employment Generation Program (PMEGP). The MoUs have been signed in the presence of the Minister of MSME Nitin Gadkari and the Minister of Tribal Affairs Arjun Munda.

Speaking on the occasion, Gadkari said, the Ministry of Tribal Affairs will procure over six lakh meters of Khadi fabric worth Rs 14.77 crore in 2020-21, for the students in Eklavya Residential Schools being run by the ministry. He said that the quantum of purchase of Khadi fabric shall also increase proportionally with the increase in the number of Eklavya Schools every year.

Minister of Tribal Affairs Arjun Munda said that the National Scheduled Tribe Finance Development Corporation (NSTFDC), an agency of the Tribal Affairs Ministry responsible for the economic development of tribals in India, will be roped in as a partner to implement PMEGP Scheme. NSTFDC provides concessional loan schemes for funding entrepreneurial ventures of aspiring scheduled tribes in all sectors of the economy. The MoU will thus benefit the tribals by engaging them in various production activities and creating self-employment opportunities. The alliance of NSTFDC and KVIC will increase the coverage of PMEGP Scheme among the STs.

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The MoUs are aligned with the Prime Minister’s call for “Aatmanirbhar Bharat” as they aim at creating local employment by strengthening the Khadi artisans and a large chunk of the tribal population across the country.

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