With its intention to train unskilled workforce and help them make a good living by earning more, the Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) has sent a proposal to the Central government seeking inclusion of khadi in MNREGA, says Vinay Kumar Saxena, Chairman, KVIC.
He said the proposal was sent not only to have more artisans under the scheme but also to make unskilled workers earn more through it. These artisans will train the 5.40 lakh unskilled workers before involving them in khadi production. This in turn would help them raise their annual income from Rs 20,000 to Rs 73,000.
Besides, National President of the Textile Association (India) Arvind Sinha claimed the move will generate employment and enhance skill development amongst youth. He said the move will not only help the workers but in the long run will be very fruitful for the textile industry especially the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs). It will also help enhancing technology in the related sectors, he added.
National Rural Employment Guarantee Act 2005 (or, NREGA No 42) which was later renamed as the ‘Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act’ or MGNREGA is an Indian labour law and social security measure that aims to guarantee the 'right to work'. It aims to enhance livelihood security in rural areas by providing at least 100 days of wage employment in a financial year to every household whose adult members volunteer to do unskilled manual work.