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Khadi sales on the upswing

India is aiming at a 20 per cent increase in production and sales of khadi products over the next three years. A sum of Rs 340 crores have been allotted for setting up khadi plazas. To improve employability of trained individuals and enhance job prospects, Rs 105 crores has been provided towards technology centers to train 1, 99,500 individuals and assist 40,000 units.

A sum of Rs 1,024.49 crores has been earmarked towards the Prime Minister's Employment Generation Program for setting up 56,500 micro units and employing 4.52 lakh persons. Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) expects sales to cross Rs 5,000 crores by the end of 2017-18.

Overall sales of both khadi and village industries jumped over 14 per cent in 2015-16. Sales of khadi goods shot up by about 29 per cent in 2015-16. The KVIC is also setting up export cells to promote overseas sales of the products, which have a good demand in the countries like the US and UK. A beginning will be made with direct exports. The aim is to make khadi an international brand.

Khadi and village industries products are manufactured by about seven lakh privately-owned household units. These units are funded through schemes such as the Prime Minister's Employment Generation Program.

 
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