What is KVIC and what does it do?

  • KVIC is short for Khadi and Village Industries Commission. It plans for the promotion, organizes and implements programs for the development of Khadi and other village industries in rural areas nationwide.
  • KVIC also helps producers during shortage of raw materials by building up reserves and in creation of employment in Khadi industry.
  • It was formed in 1957 under "Khadi and Village industries Commission Act, 1956".
  • Increasing the marketability of Khadi and Village Industries products, as well as handicrafts and promotion efforts are also done by KVIC.
  • Other functions include increasing research in the village industries sector related to production techniques and equipment, providing financial assistance to individuals and institutions for the development...
  • ....and operation of Khadi and Village industries.
  • Some schemes under KVIC:
  • Prime Minister’s Employment Generation Programme (PMEGP) for creation of employment in rural and urban areas across nation.
  • Scheme of Fund for Regeneration of Traditional Industries (SFURTI) was introduced for bringing together the traditional artisans and industries into groups to make them competitive and sustainable.
  • Market Promotion Development Assistance (MPDA): This scheme is launched to provide services like market promotion and development assistance for Khadi industries.  The aim of this scheme is to ensure increased earnings
  • For artisans. Under the former MDA scheme, financial assistance was distributed amongst Artisans (25%), selling institutions (45%) and producing Institutions (30%). It goes 20% for selling institutions and...
  • ....40% for both artisans and producing institutions.
  • Beekeeping - The Honey Mission, which aims to provide improved livelihoods to the rural communities. It works around some dynamics that include: Its an income generating activity with medicinal and food value of honey
  • It also supports agriculture activities, contribute to forests conservation efforts and better the linkages between biodiversity and sustainable livelihoods.

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