KVIB mulls employment scheme for municipal areas

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The Goa Khadi and Village Industries Board (GKVIB) will send a proposal to the government recommending formulation of a scheme for municipal areas of Panaji, Margao, Vasco, Mapusa and Ponda, on the lines of the existing central government scheme called ‘Rural Employment generation Programme’ (REGP).

The vice-chairman of the GKVIB, Dr Ulhas Parab, addressing a press conference this morning, during the opening of a 5-day national level ‘Buyer-seller meet cum exhibition on handmade paper and fibre, and paper products’, at Clube Nacional informed that the REGP envisages 25 per cent of the project cost for the projects up to Rs 10 lakh would be provided as margin money.

“The REGP further envisages that for projects above Rs 10 lakh and up to Rs 25 lakh, rate of margin money will be 25 per cent of Rs 10 lakh plus 10 per cent of the remaining cost of the project,” he said, informing that the project cost will include one operating cycle of working capital.

The REGP is applicable for viable village industry projects.

Dr. Ulhas Parab

Dr Parab also informed that the GKVIB has initiated the process for opening its marketing outlet at Margao. “The government has given financial approval for it and the outlet would be opened soon,” he pointed out. Later, the chairperson of the GKVIB, Ms Monica Dias inaugurated the event which has invited more than 25 export quality products producing units from states like Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, West Bengal, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh and so on.

The objective behind organising the event is to create an awareness about the eco-friendly products. It will also cover demonstrations of handmade paper making through film shows, provide details such as project formulations, training, schemes available for establishing the industry and so on under one roof, which will be helpful for unemployed people.

The director of Hand Made Paper Industry (HMPI), Mr K Mohana Rao, briefing the media spoke about various problems faced by the handmade paper industry. He also narrated incidents wherein a number of entrepreneurs made success stories in HMPI by intelligent use of opportunities.

There are altogether 6399 handmade paper units funded by Khadi and Village Industries Commission directly, as well as through State Khadi and Village Industries Boards across the country.

The event will end on March 15.

-Navhind Times, Goa Daily

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