On receiving electric potter wheels, some artisans said with increase in production using electric potter wheel, they were now earning 3-4 times more than what they earned earlier. KVIC Chairman Vinai Kumar Saxena said that more than 18,000 electric chaaks have so far been distributed across the country benefiting nearly 80,000 people of the community.
October 29, 2020. By Manu Tayal
In a step towards empowerment under Kumhar Sashaktikaran Yojana, electric potter wheels have been distributed by the Union Minister for MSME and Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari, through video-conferencing, to 100 potter families in Maharashtra.
Further, these potter families have been given 10-day training by Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) under the scheme.
The potters, who were distributed the pottery equipment, belong to 15 villages, including 10 in Nanded and 5 in Parbhani districts.
As per the Ministry of Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises, the distribution of equipment will benefit at least 400 members of the community by increasing their productivity and their income, which is the dream of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The Minister lauded the scheme saying that this was the first-of-its-kind initiative taken since independence to strengthen and improve the living of potters in the country.
Gadkari said, “empowering the marginalized potters’ community and reviving the dying art of pottery is the dream of the Prime Minister. With proper training and distribution of advanced equipment under Kumhar Sashaktikaran Yojana, the productivity and income of potters has increased manifolds. The scheme will further be implemented in other remote areas of Maharashtra and other states.”
On receiving the electric potter wheels, some artisans said with increase in production using electric potter wheel, they were now earning 3-4 times more than what they earned earlier.
During the occasion, KVIC Chairman Vinai Kumar Saxena said that more than 18,000 electric chaaks have so far been distributed across the country benefiting nearly 80,000 people of the community.
He said the average income of potters under Kumhar Sashaktikaran Yojana has gone up from nearly Rs 3000 per month to nearly Rs 10,000 per month. “Empowering every potter in the country is the sole objective of the program and KVIC will spare no effort in achieving this goal,” he said.
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