President Ram Nath Kovind today launched the Solar Charkha Mission covering artisans in 50 identified clusters and the Sampark portal — a digital platform to connect five lakh job seekers with recruiters — at an event to mark the important economic role played by micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs).
The creation of this mission had been initially proposed in the Union Budget provision for Ministry of MSME to harness non-conventional solar energy to further employment generation.
Allocation under Khadi Grant was enhanced significantly from ₹2.65 billion in 2017-18 to ₹4.15 billion.
According to Giriraj Singh, Minister of State, MSME, “To employ one person at textile mill with 25,000 spindles, the capital cost is around ₹6,000,000, whereas it requires only ₹60,000- 70,000 in the case of a solar charkha.”
At present, there are over 2,300 Khadi institutions registered under Societies Registration Act, Trust Act, Co-operative Societies Act, are implementing Khadi program throughout the country according to Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC).
This will be a low-cost method for production of yarn and will also help in knocking off conventional power from the grid. Per KVIC, an artisan can begin working with a solar charkha within a week of training.
The products such as towels, bed sheets, pillow covers, duster cloth, produced using solar yarn will be sold to government departments, railways, with the support of KVIC.
Source: Business Line