GoI launched a programme for the benefit of artisans involved in manufacturing of Agarbatti under Gramodyog Vikas Yojana

Each targeted cluster of artisans get support with about 50 Automatic Agarbatti making machines and 10 Mixing machines.
Akarsh Phanindra

Updated: Aug 01, 2020 05:09:22 pm

GoI launched a programme for the benefit of artisans involved in manufacturing of Agarbatti under Gramodyog Vikas Yojana

01 August 2020 Current Affairs:Ministry of Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) approved a programme to benefit the artisans involved in the manufacturing of Agarbatti under ‘Gramodyog Vikas Yojana’ on 30th July 2020. The aim is to develop the village industry. 

Highlights:
♦ As per the programme, four Pilot Projects will be started initially. 
♦ Each targeted cluster of artisans get support with about 50 Automatic Agarbatti making machines and 10 Mixing machines. 
♦ Over 200 Automatic Agarbatti making machines and 40 Mixing machines will be provided to the artisans.
♦ Earlier Government of India made two major decisions o boost the indigenous production of ‘Agarbatti’and will pave the way to generate rural employment. The 2 decisions are:
  1. placing the ‘Agarbatti’ item from “Free” trade to “Restricted” trade in the import policy
  2. enhance the import duty from 10% to 25% on ‘round bamboo sticks’ which are used for manufacturing of Agarbatti. 

♦ This will also start the process of mitigating the gap between the indigenous ‘production and demand’ and will reduce the import of ‘Agarbatti’ in the country
♦ The program will act as a catalyst in reviving the Agarbatti manufacturing in the villages and small towns and will immediately generate a  minimum of about  500 additional jobs.
♦ 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 an increase in their wages. 
♦ The programme will give a boost to the domestic Agarbatti Industry in India.
♦ It will also reduce imports of Agarbatti.
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