Mrs. Mamta Dutta assumed charge of Chairperson, Punjab Khadi and Village Industries Board today. She was accompanied by Cabinet Ministers Mr. O.P. Soni, Mr. Tript Rajinder Singh Bajwa, S. Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa, MLAs Dr. Raj Kumar Verka Chairperson Punjab Warehouse, Mr. Sunil Dutti, Mr. Gurkirat Kotli, Mr. Rakesh Pandey, Mr. Kuldeep singh Vaid, Dr. Harjot Kawal, Mr. Lakhwinder Singh, Lakha, Mr. Sukhpal Singh Bhullar, Mr. Amrik Singh Dhillon, Mr. Sanjay Talwar, Mr. Navtej Singh Cheema, Mr. Sukhwinder Danny Bandala, Rana Gurjit Singh, Mr. Hardev Singh Laddi and Mr. Raman Behal, Chairman Staff Selection Board.
The Chairperson in her address mentioned that day earlier she had called on Mr. Sundar Sham Arora, Industries & Commerce, Minister Punjab to seek his blessings and support in executing her duties. The Chairperson said that Khadi Board is working for the success of 'Ghar Ghar Rozgar' program of the Punjab Government so as to realize the resolution of Captain Amarinder Singh, Chief Minister, Punjab to provide employment especially in the rural areas to every household. The Chairperson was all praise for Industries & Commerce, Minister for his dynamic handling of the Department of Industries and his effort at generating employment in Industry. She said she would work closely with the Industries Minister so that the Khadi Board can make maximum contribution to employment generation.
Mrs. Mamta Dutta also said that she would also seek maximum cooperation of Mrs. Vini Mahajan, Additional Chief Secretary, Industries & Commerce, Punjab, Mr. Sibin C, Director of Industries & Commerce, Punjab as well officers of the Industries Department in achieving the employment generation targets.
It is relevant to mention here that Khadi Board is the principal State Government agency for over 60 Years in creating self employment (Ghar- Ghar Rozgar) ventures. The Chairperson specially emphasized that it is not only important to set up new ventures, it is equally important to sustain these ventures for which help is required to existing entrepreneurs to market their products. The Chairperson further said that she would place special emphasis on providing marketing opportunities to existing units. The Objective of the Khadi Board is to provide training and employment to rural unemployed youth of the State by providing easy financial assistance to set up self employment ventures and thus improve the economic conditions of the rural population by fostering self reliance and entrepreneurship. It also provides marketing support to the entrepreneurs.
It is also worth noting that the Khadi Board is implementing the Prime Minister’s Employment Generation Program Scheme of the Khadi Village Industries Commission, Govt. of India, w.e.f. 2008-09. Under this Scheme, projects up to Rs.25.00 lacs are set up and margin money @ 25 percent is provided to the General Category, whereas, it is 35 percent for the reserved category, like; SC/ST, OBC, Women, Ex-servicemen, Physically Handicapped, Minority community, Border Area, etc. Under this scheme, the main emphasis is to uplift the women, poor and downtrodden, SC/ST rural unemployed entrepreneurs. For service Sector enterprises loans are available upto Rs. 10 lacs. The Board has already released Rs. 426 lacs in connection with 169 cases with employment to 264 persons provided till 22 July, 2019.