Khadi India


Khadi, the fabric of freedom, has been a source of livelihood to a large number of spinners, weavers and other artisans spread across the country, living in the rural as well as urban areas. The Khadi Programme is being implemented by KVIC and State Khadi & V.I. Boards, through the nation-wide network of registered institutions, cooperative societies and Trusts. KVIC used to provide funds to these Khadi institutions out of the budgetary source of Government of India for creation of infrastructure and for Working Capital requirements. But subsequently, the fund from the budgetary source has been discontinued and therefore, no fund has been provided to the institutions for infrastructural support and Khadi institutions are working with the age old implements. Though handcrafted characteristic is the Unique Selling Proposition (USP) of Khadi, use of appropriate technological implements plays a vital role, in achieving better productivity and quality, besides reducing drudgery. Sustainability of traditional khadi industry is largely dependent on provision of facilities, so that the artisans’ productivity is enhanced and competitiveness of the activity is maintained.
KVIC has taken several steps in the recent years to transform the Khadi sector and make it more vibrant. The Scheme of Fund for Regeneration of Traditional Industries (SFURTI) has infused tremendous enthusiasm among the Khadi and Village Industries Institutions.  It was observed that the support available under SFURTI needs to be carried to every nook and corner of the country, so as to bring the entire Khadi sector within the ambit of transformation.  Accordingly, the instant scheme was approved, which envisages a comprehensive support to around 200 Khadi Institutions, in order to make khadi industry more productive as well as competitive and also strengthen its potential for creation of qualitative employment.  The Govt. of India has approved the ‘Enhancing Productivity and Competitiveness of Khadi Industry and Artisans’ during the 11th Five Year Plan period and launched during the year