On World Tribal Day, at tribal-dominated village in Sirohi district of Rajasthan – one of the aspirational districts in India identified by the NITI Aayog- when Khadi and Village Industry Commission (KVIC) distributed as many as 50 leather kits and 350 Bee-Boxes with live bee colonies on Friday here.
KVIC Chairman Vinai Kumar Saxena, who was the chief guest of the function, said that the programmes like Leather Mission, Kumhar Sashaktikaran Mission and Honey Mission are the reflection of KVIC`s commitment to uplift the lives of marginalised communities in the society. “It is a matter of pleasure and prides that after getting encouraging success in our programmes like Honey Mission and Kumhar Sashaktikaran Mission, we are launching our new programme ‘Leather Mission’ on World Tribal Day from the tribal-dominated village of Chandala,” he said, adding, “Under this new programme, the KVIC will give Leather Kits to the leather artisans across the nation. It will not only increase their incomes in manifold, but will also inspire the traditional leather artisans to adopt this vocation again – who had migrated to other jobs from their traditional skill.”
Saxena, who also distributed 350 Bee-Boxes at the function, further said that Honey Mission is being proved as a game-changer in the lives of tribals, farmers, SC/STs and unemployed youths. “So far, we have distributed over 1.15 lakh Bee-Boxes across the nation among the marginalised community, which has provided jobs to over 11,500 people. Not only it has increased the income of the Bee-keeping farmers, but has also increased the yield of the crops by up to 30 percent due to cross-pollination of the honey-bees,” he added.