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Gadkari approves scheme to make India self reliant in agarbatti production

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new Delhi. Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) Minister Nitin Gadkari has approved the proposal of Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) employment generation program to make the country self-sufficient in incense sticks production. The MSME Ministry stated that the program is named Khadi Agarbatti Self-Reliant Mission. Its objective is to significantly increase the production of incense sticks at the domestic level, besides creating employment for unemployed and migrant laborers in different parts of the country. According to the ministry, "The proposal was submitted to the MSME ministry for approval last month. The pilot project will start soon. Thousands of jobs will be created by the full implementation of the project. "The program aims to help the artisans of the region and support the local agarbatti industry.

At present, the consumption of incense sticks in the country is around 1,490 tonnes, while the local production is only 760 tonnes. The ministry said that there is a big difference between demand and supply, hence there is a lot of scope in this field for generating employment. Under the scheme, KVIC will provide automatic machines and powder mixing machines to artisans for making incense sticks. All this will be done through private agarbatti manufacturers who will sign the agreement as trading partners. KVIC has decided to buy only machines manufactured by Indians in the country. Earlier, the Center made two big decisions for the agarbatti sector to help the domestic industry. While it was brought under the category of restricted trade from free trade, the import duty on round thin wood made of bamboo used for making incense sticks was increased from 10 percent to 25 percent. KVIC chairman Vinay Kumar Saxena said that both the decisions of the central government are generating large scale employment in the agarbatti industry. He said, "To capitalize on this opportunity of employment generation, KVIC has prepared a program called Khadi Agarbatti Self-Reliant Mission. And has given it to the MSME Ministry for approval. "

KVIC will provide 25 percent subsidy on the cost of the machine and 75 percent amount from the artisans every month as easy installment. Under the scheme, trade partners will provide raw material to the artisans for making incense sticks and give them wages on the basis of work. The cost for training of artisans will be shared between KVIC and Private Business Partnership. In this, the commission will bear 75 percent of the cost while the business partner will pay 25 percent. According to the ministry, 80 kg of incense sticks can be made daily from each automatic agarbatti making machine. This will provide direct employment to four people. Apart from this, a powder mixing machine will be provided on five incense sticks machines. This will provide employment to two people.

This post was published on August 2, 2020 6:11 pm

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