The Ministry of Tribal Affairs has joined hands with the Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) for employment generation program. The ministry will purchase Khadi fabric for tribal students, and an MoU for this has been signed between the two in the presence of Nitin Gadkari, Minister of MSME and Arjun Munda, Minister of Tribal Affairs.
Gadkari said that the Tribal Affairs ministry will obtain about 6 lakh meter Khadi fabric in 2020-21 for the students of Eklavya Residential Schools that the ministry runs. He added as soon as the number of Eklavya Residential School students increase, the ministry will purchase worth Rs 14.77 crore Khadi fabric during this period. Speaking on the occasion Munda said National Scheduled Tribes Finance Development Corporation (NSTFDC) will rope in in Tibal Affairs Ministry as partner to implement the scheme.
The MoU will be beneficial for the tibals as it will create self-employment opportunities for them through various production activities. Aligned with PM Modi’s Aatmanirbhar Bharat scheme, the MoU is aimed at strengthening Khadi artisans including the country’s tribal population by creating local employment opportunities.