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Khadi body organizes 150 programs to celebrate Gandhi Jayanti

<p style="font-weight: 400;">To mark the celebration of the glorious 150 years of the Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi, the Khadi and Village Commission (KVIC) has organized 150 mega-events across the country.</p>
KVIC Chairman Vinai Kumar Saxena inaugurated 150 events, the first-ever exercise of this magnitude in the country by KVIC, to celebrate Gandhi Jayanti.

For the first time, the Kumhar Sashaktikaran Yojana reached the West Garo Hills of Meghalaya where training for 40 potter families began at Phulbari village. In total, ten events were organized in the North-Eastern states that also include readymade garments units, jewelry production unit and the inauguration of Khadi sales emporium in different states, said an official press release issued by the Micros, Small and Medium Enterprises Ministry.

North-Eastern states like Assam, Meghalaya, Tripura and Manipur and other states like Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, West Bengal, Jammu and Kashmir and Gujarat artisans are part of the celebration.
<p style="font-weight: 400;">As many as 41 new Khadi sales outlets, 27 new manufacturing units under PMEGP and 14 new work sheds and common facility centers were inaugurated across the country. These include eight new sales outlets and 4 new work sheds in Varanasi.</p>
<p style="font-weight: 400;">The KVIC Chairman said the programs aim at creating sustainable local employment and making artisans Aatmanirbhar. “Mahatma Gandhi always believed that rural resurgence was the key to the country’s development. This has also been the vision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The initiatives of KVIC essentially aim at empowering farmers, women and unemployed youths. Creating livelihood opportunities, increasing local production and providing new marketing platforms to Khadi institutions will pave the way for Aatmanirbhar Bharat,” Saxena said.</p>
In Pampore in Jammu and Kashmir, KVIC launched the training of artisans on Crewel and Sozni embroidery and weaving of shawl.

Similarly, in Himachal Pradesh, manufacturing units of disposable plates, wooden furniture and a boutique were inaugurated.

In West Bengal, ten Khadi Sale outlets and three new common facility centers were inaugurated.

In Kerala’s Payyannur, a design clinic and online shopping portal was inaugurated while in Kottayam, charkha was distributed to Divyang people.

Uttar Pradesh too organized several programs for the inauguration of manufacturing units of cement blocks, detergent powder, non-women bags, automobile workshop and beauty parlor under PMEGP.

Furniture manufacturing unit and beekeeping training were launched in Uttarakhand..