Slathia for positive change in the mindset about entrepreneurship

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Urges for setting up of wool bank in the State

JAMMU:- The Minister for Industries and Commerce, Mr. S. S. Slathia today asked the J&K Khadi and Village Industries Board to setup a wool bank in the state for providing quality wool and pashmina at reasonable rates to the Khadi Institutions, Spinners, Weavers and other related artisans.

Speaking at the 100th meeting of the Board of Directors of J&K Khadi and Village Industries Board, Mr. Slathia who is also Chairman of the organization, asked the management to approach the Khadi and Village Industries Commission of India, with a comprehensive proposal for this purpose. The Minister also called for diversification of activities so that rural youth are imparted trainings in the market oriented trades to enable them set up their own income generating units. He also called for replacing traditional weaving loams with the modernized looms. Adding that the Government has planned to distribute 40,000 modern loom among the weavers during next two years, so far, 2000 such looms have already been distributed, Mr. Slathia added.

The Commissioner/Secretary Industries and Commerce, Mr. Shantmanu, Secretary J&K Khadi and Village Industries Board, S. Ravinder Singh, Directors of Industries and Commerce Kashmir and Jammu, Mr. Mehraj-ud-Din Kenoo and Gulzar Ahmad Qureshi, Registrar Cooperative, J&K Mr. Sudershan Sharma, Chairman Gandhi Seva Sadhan, Prof. Ved Kumari Gai, Mr. D. P. Khajuria, Ex-Director Rural Development, Special Secretary Finance, Mr. Ishaq and representatives of Planning and Development Department and KVIC were present in the meeting.

Slathia said that perfect training in demand driven trades was imperative to enable the youth in rural areas to start their own entrepreneurship. He urged for cluster approach to promote rural Industries in a big way.

The meeting took several decisions to further improve the functioning of the J&K KVIB. It was decided to enhance the monthly stipend of trainees from Rs. 100 to Rs. 500 per month in respect of Elementary Training Course and besides increasing the period of training from existing three month to six months to attain perfection in specific trades.

The Board also approved the “Logo” for J&K KVIB which depicts J&K State map with the picture of Mahatama Gandhi ji working on Charkha shown as centre of the map in the background of a chinar leaf.

The meeting was informed that the J&K KVIB has provided margin money to the tune of Rs. 7.00 crore to Rs. 304 units during the current fiscal where employment is provided to about 2432 persons.

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