‘Schemes for Khadi and Women Entrepreneurs’
Union Cabinet Minister of Ministry of MSME, Government of India, Mr Kalraj Mishra unleashed and announced two important schemes. Mr Mishra informed about Market Promotion Development Assistance (MPDA) – MDA scheme of KVIC has been modified as MPDA scheme formulated as a unified scheme by merging different schemes/sub-schemes/components of different Heads implemented in the 11th Plan, namely, Market Development Assistance, Publicity, Marketing and Market Promotion.
“A new component of Infrastructure namely setting up of Marketing Complexes /Khadi Plazas has been added to expand the marketing net worth of Khadi & VI products. Under the erstwhile MDA scheme financial assistance was distributed amongst Producing Institutions (30%), Selling Institutions (45%) and Artisans (25%).” Mr Kalraj Mishra further informed, “Under the modified MPDA scheme financial assistance is distributed amongst Producing Institutions (20%), Selling Institutions (40%) and Artisans (40%). This will lead to increase in the earnings of artisans.”
IN addition to this, he also informed about Mahila Coir Yojana (a component of Coir Vikas Yojana-CVY). The scheme is an exclusive skill development programme for rural women artisans in coir sector. “Training is provided in spinning of coir yarn/various coir processing activities. The scheme envisages distribution of motorized ratts/motorized traditional ratts and other coir processing equipments at 75% subsidy subject to a maximum amount of Rs.7500/- on successful completion of the training programme. During the training period, the women artisans are given a stipend amounting to Rs.1000/- per month. Coir Vikas Yojana also includes Skill Development & Training Programme in coir sector, Domestic & Export Market Promotion and Development of Production Infrastructure.” Said Mr Kalraj Mishra on a social media update while addressing to his followers.