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August 20, 2018

MSME Dept: Khadi sector sees remarkable improvement

MSME Dept: Khadi sector sees remarkable improvement

The West Bengal Khadi & Village Industries Board, under the Micro, Small & Medium enterprises and Textiles Department, has made significant progress in helping artisans across Bengal get access to proper, organised forums.

This has helped them in getting a respectable livelihood by using skills, many of which are handed down from generation to generation.

  • 8.5 times increase in number of khadi artisans between financial years (FY) 2011-12 and 2017-18
  • Over 29 times increase in sales of khadi products between FYs 2011-12 and 2017-18 to Rs 96.8 crore
  • Project Muslin being implemented, covering 3,000 muslin weavers
  • Project Saal Leaf launched involving 1,800 self-help groups (SHG), with a Centre of Excellence established in Jhargram
  • Project Mat launched, benefitting 2,500 mat artisans
  • Project Sabai launched, involving 2,100 artisansThe above facts prove once again that the khadi artisans have never seen a time as good as under the kind patronage of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.