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Ministry of Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) approved a programme for the benefit of artisans involved in manufacturing of Agarbatti and to develop village industry under ‘Gramodyog Vikas Yojana’.

Agarbatti and Gramodyog Vikas Yojana

  • The programme aims to enhance the production of ‘Agarbatti’ in the country and create sustainable employment for the traditional Artisans, by providing them regular employment and increase in their wages.
  • As per the programme, initially four Pilot Projects will be started, including one in North Eastern part of the country.
  • Each targeted cluster of artisans will be supported with about 50 Automatic Agarbatti making machines and 10 Mixing machines.
  • Accordingly, a total of 200 Automatic Agarbatti making machines and 40 Mixing machines will be provided to the artisans.
  • Automatic Agarbatti making machines and Mixing machines will be provided to the artisans.
  • ‘Gramodyog Vikas Yojana’ will give a boost to the domestic Agarbatti Industry in the country and will reduce imports of Agarbatti.

Role of KVIC

  • Under this Mission, Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC), one of the statutory organizations, working under the M/o MSME,will provide  training.
  • KVIC will assist artisans working in this area, with Agarbatti manufacturing machines.
  • KVIC will tie up with Khadi institutions / Agarbatti manufacturers in the country, having good track record, to provide work and raw material to ‘Agarbatti making artisans’.
February 2024