KVIC Launches the SPIN Scheme to empower potters community

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admin November 8, 2021
Updated 2021/11/08 at 3:42 PM

On the occasion of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi’s birthday, the Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) launched a unique scheme called SPIN (Strengthening the Potential of India) and established a pottery cluster under the SFURTI Scheme in Varanasi to empower over 1100 people from the marginalised potters’ community.

780 electric potter wheels were sanctioned to SPIN Scheme members on this occasion. In addition, KVIC gave 50 charkhas to women artisans in Kevadia, Gujarat, to provide them with self-employment and a stable source of income. Shri Vinai Kumar Saxena, Chairman of the KVIC, was present during the event.

Shri Bhanu Pratap Singh Verma, Union Minister of State for MSME, inaugurated the SPIN Scheme, under which 780 potters from Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Rajasthan, and Jharkhand have applied for financial help from the bank to start their own company. Varanasi is represented by 110 craftsmen. The Prime Minister’s goal, incidentally, is to strengthen the potters’ community and preserve the fading craft of pottery.

In contrast to the Kumhar Sashaktikaran Yojana, which is a subsidy-based scheme, the SPIN Scheme allows registered potters to get a direct loan from banks via the Pradhan Mantri Shishu Mudra Yojana. KVIC is serving as a mediator for financial assistance to potters via RBL bank, as well as offering training to artisans who choose to participate in the SPIN Scheme. The exchequer will have no financial strain as a result of this plan, and the potter will repay the loan in manageable installments. Thus, the SPIN plan seeks to instill self-sustainability in the Indian pottery industry.

Shri Verma also established the “Kashi Pottery Cluster” in Varanasi’s Village Bhatti. This is the first pottery cluster established by KVIC under the SFURTI Scheme in the Varanasi area. The cluster, which covers 7100 square feet and costs Rs 2.50 crore to build, has directly employed 340 ceramic craftsmen who were taught by KVIC. For increased clay pottery production, the cluster is equipped with contemporary equipment such as furnaces, electric potter wheels, blunger machines, pugmills, and other modern equipment.

“SPIN is a programme created specifically to help potters become self-sufficient. Under the programme, KVIC will assist potters in obtaining simple bank loans, allowing them to diversify their occupations and increase their income. This would decrease their need for government assistance, allowing our potters to become self-sufficient “Shri Verma expressed his thoughts. He went on to say that the new Kashi pottery cluster would assist traditional potters in improving their abilities via the use of contemporary technology, allowing them to occupy a larger market area and earn more money.

Shri Saxena, Chairman of KVIC, said that KVIC’s main goal is to promote sustainable development by generating local self-employment, which is in line with Prime Minister Modi’s pledge to “Job for Every Hand” (Har Hath Me Kaam). “The Prime Minister’s goal of strengthening the potters’ community will be realised thanks to the SPIN Scheme and the Kashi Pottery Cluster. Under the SPIN Scheme, KVIC will look at improving other traditional arts than ceramics “Saxena” said.

KVIC also handed toolkits to 80 carpentry craftsmen in Varanasi and planted 2000 bamboo seedlings at the Sewapuri Ashram in Varanasi.

 

Source: The Time of India

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