Industries Minister Bikram Singh said that under the Prime Minister Employment Generation Programme (PMEGP), 389 units worth Rs. 1120.78 lakh have been approved in the state, which would provide employment opportunities to 3,064 youth of the state. He said this while presiding over 237th meeting of Himachal Pradesh Khadi and Village Industries Board held at Shimla today.
He said that various types of products worth crores of rupees were being produced and marketed by the units of Khadi Village Industries, as a result of which employment opportunities are being provided to thousands of people nearer to their homes.
Industries Minister said that 13 wool carding plants have been set up by the Board in tribal areas, through which 2,428 sheep rearers have been provided with 20,446 kilogram wool carding, 7,880 kilogram oil crushing and 436 products and 5,653 meters of finishing facilities. State Government was providing skill development training to unemployed youths through Khadi Village Industries Board, Skill Development Corporation, Industrial Training Centers.
He said that the Board was providing employment to unemployed youths through micro industries and creating employment opportunities for weavers in rural areas along with facilitating people of tribal areas with wool weaving, oil milling and finishing facilities. He said that the Board is giving a concrete shape to the ideology of village self-employment in the state.
Industries Minister said that with an estimated expenditure of Rs. 5.94 lakh per month revised pay scales would be provided to employees of the Board. He directed the officers to fill up the vacant posts at the earliest to ensure smooth implementation of the Board.
Vice President of the Board, Purushotam Guleria, Special Secretary Industries C.P. Verma, Additional Controller of Stores Kiran Bhandana, CEO M.R. Bhardwaj and other senior officers were also present in the meeting.