In a unique initiative that will have far-reaching benefits, Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) has paved the way for sustainable self-employment for nine women in Goa who were under acute distress due to the loss of their loved ones due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Amid grief, despair, and livelihood crisis, KVIC has provided these women, who lost the bread-winners for their families, with financial assistance to set up their own manufacturing units under its flagship scheme Prime Minister’s Employment Generation Program (PMEGP). This is for the first time in the country that a government agency is creating livelihood support for the vulnerable people affected by the pandemic.
KVIC Chairman Shri Vinai Kumar Saxena, on Monday, distributed cheques worth Rs 1.48 crore to these nine women who will start their own manufacturing units like garment stitching, automotive repair, bakery and cake shops, beauty parlor, herbal and ayurvedic medicines, and cashew processing units soon. Each of these beneficiaries has been provided loans up to Rs 25 lakh by the Central Bank of India, under the PMEGP Scheme. Also, each of these new units will create employment for at least 8 persons.
KVIC Chairman said these self-employment initiatives would not only financially sustain these families but also create employment for others. “During the Covid pandemic, KVIC gave a big thrust to local manufacturing and self-employment to sustain families in distress. A large number of youths, women and distressed people from the weaker sections of society were prompted to take up self-employment activities under PMEGP. As a result, these new entrepreneurs will not only sustained themselves financially but they will also support many other families by employing them at their new manufacturing units,” Saxena said.
These beneficiaries also expressed gratitude and thanked KVIC for the handholding they needed at this hour of crisis. “My family was under severe financial crisis after the Covid-pandemic hit us severely. But KVIC came to our rescue in the most difficult times and in just a few months, I am starting my own manufacturing unit,” said Sushmita Shekhar Padval, a beneficiary.
|Sushita Shekhar Padval||Garment Stitching||Rs 7,70,000||Assagao|
|Paulina Fernandez||Auto Repair||Rs 9,50,000||Pernem|
|Radhika Ravikant Kanolkar||Flour Mill||Rs 25,00,000||Pernem|
|Dipeksha Parab||Cake Shop||Rs 9,50,000||Bicholim|
|Jerinama Maxin||Beauty Parlor, Herbal & Ayurvedic Medicine||Rs 9,60,000||Bapsoro|
|Mallesh Naik||Snacks/Food Industry||Rs, 25,00,000||Bapsoro|
|Deelip Krishna Amonkar||Confectionary Shop||Rs 10,00,000||Verna|
|Darshana Ramesh Naik||Cashew Processing Unit||Rs 24,95,000||Taleigao|
|Sidhesh Prakash Popkar||Cashew Processing Unit||Rs 24,99,130||Chodan|