Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) has launched the Mission Solar Charkha for implementation of 50 Solar Charkha Clusters across the country with a budget of Rs.550 crore for the year 2018-19 and 2019-20.
The Solar Charkha Clusters are aimed to empower the rural population of the country especially those who wish to earn for their livelihood from their village or place of living. This scheme designed by the Ministry of MSME is also expected to get proven as an effective attempt in controlling the huge urban migration which gave a population burst into some select number of urban cities.
The scheme will generate direct employment to nearly one lakh persons. Minister of State (I/C) for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Mr. Giriraj Singh informed this in a written reply in Rajya Sabha today. Solar Charkha Units have been classified as village industries. The Mission was launched by the President of India, Mr. Ram Nath Kovind, on 27th June, 2018 on the occasion of UN SME Day.
The Ministry is also implementing a project to establish 15 new Tool Rooms and Technology Development Centres and upgrade the existing 18 Centres in the country, at an estimated cost of Rs.2200 crore which includes World Bank Loan of USD 200 Million.