Kumhar Sashaktikaran Yojana

Context: Recently, the Union Home Minister distributed 100 electric potter wheels to 100 trained artisans under the ‘Kumhar Sashaktikaran Yojana’.

About Kumhar Sashaktikaran Yojana

  • It is an initiative of Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC).
  • Its targetted beneficiaries are potters from several states such as Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Maharashtra, J&K, Haryana, West Bengal, Assam, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, Odisha, Telangana and Bihar.
  • Under the scheme, the KVIC also provides equipment like blunger and pug mills for mixing clay for making pottery products.

Significance of Kumhar Sashaktikaran Yojana

  • It seeks to empower and associate the marginalized potters’ community with India’s quest to become “Aatmanirbhar”.
  • It aims at strengthening the marginalized potters’ community by incorporating technology to improve productivity.
  • It will play a vital role in reviving the traditional art of pottery.
  • It aims to provide a platform for selling of potters’ products, including tie-up with the Railways and proper marketing channels.

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