Financial Daily from THE HINDU group of publications
Monday, Mar 22, 2004
Industry & Economy
Khadi units urged to focus on exports
Mangalore , March 21
THE former Chairman and Managing Director of Syndicate Bank, Dr N.K. Thingalaya, has said that khadi units in the country should focus their attention on exporting their products to the world market.
Most of the units in khadi and village industries sector lack upgradation. This has affected the successful marketing of the products manufactured by these units.
Inaugurating the exhibition of khadi and village industries products, organised by the Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC), Bangalore, here he said that there is a good scope for hand-made products in the world market than the machine-made one.
Urging entrepreneurs to be self-reliant in their ventures, he said that they should not depend on government subsidies in this regard. Most of the small-scale industries are dying because of their dependence on government subsidy.
The Director of KVIC, Bangalore, Mr G. Guruprasanna, said that KVIC has extended Rs 22 crore grants to nearly 2,000 units in khadi and village industries sector. It has invested around Rs 100 crore in various ventures in this sector.
Under its forward-linkage programme, KVIC has been training entrepreneurs. They get marketing support under the backward-linkage programme, he said.
The Chief Executive Officer of the Dakshina Kannada Zilla Panchayat, Mr Shivananda Murthy, said that quality products have demand and market. Rural entrepreneurs should look at this aspect in their ventures.
Stating that Dakshina Kannada is one among the five districts included in the Development of Rural Industries Programme (DRIP) of the Government, he sought the cooperation of KVIC in the areas to be focussed under this programme.
The Regional Manager of Syndicate Bank, Mr B.K. Bhat, was present.
Products manufactured under the Rural Employment Generation Programme of the KVIC are on display at the exhibition.
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