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KVIC generates livelihood opportunity for 2500 artisans

500 bee boxes, electric pottery wheels and 200 leather tool kits were distributed among artisans

KVIC generates livelihood opportunity for 2500 artisans

To commemorate 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi and support the weaker section of the society in Boondi District, Rajasthan, Khadi and Village Industries Commission organised an event on December 8.

Om Birla, Speaker of Lok Sabha in the presence of Chairman KVIC, V K Saxena and MLA Ashok Dogra, distributed 500 bee boxes, 500 electric pottery wheels and 200 leather tool kits, thus generating a livelihood opportunity for 2500 local artisans.

Complementing the efforts of KVIC, Om Birla said, "Bapu had always dreamt of encouraging rural talents and providing livelihood opportunities at their doorsteps. KVIC is fulfilling Bapu's dream in its true sense. With this initiative, the Commission is also assuring that the bee keeping, pottery and leather industry would go a long way, in helping the rural youth earn their respect and dignity."

Quite noticeably, KVIC has been heading a mass campaign for the revival of bee keeping, pottery and leather industry since last 2 years under Honey Mission, Kumhar Sashaktikaran Mission and Leather Mission respectively. KVIC has distributed around 1.15 Lakh bee boxes, 13000 electric pottery wheels, 2500 leather kits across India so far, thus generating a livelihood for 17,000 bee keepers, 52,000 potters and 2500 Leather artisans so far.

Speaking on the occasion, V K Saxena, Chairman KVIC said, "The objective of this event is to empower the rural artisans and help them gain confidence in bee keeping, pottery and leather artistry. Aligned with the vision of Prime Minister, our endeavor is to provide livelihood opportunities as well as alternate source of income to rural farmers who otherwise adopt to menial labor or migrate to big towns."

Commenting on the ready market available in Rajasthan, Saxena further said, "KVIC is redefining the Indian Village Industries today. Where on one hand it is spreading awareness and distributing modern tools and techniques, providing advanced trainings, on the other it is working with the Government to provide marketing avenues at the doorsteps of the beneficiaries."

The event witnessed a huge turnout of artisans from Jhalawad, Kota and Boondi Districts of Rajasthan. Beneficiary Potter Babulal Prajapati said, "We are highly thankful to Om Birla Ji and VK Saxena Ji for coming all the way from Delhi to distribute electric pottery wheels in our village."

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