The Solar Charkha Mission is the Ministry of Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) launched during June 2018, which will implement the Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) program.
In 2016, a pilot project on solar charkha was implemented in Khanwa village in Nawada district of Bihar. Based on the success of the pilot project, the Government of India has approved the setting up of 50 such clusters with a budget of Rs 550 crore for 2018-19. Therefore, it is envisaged to provide direct employment to about one lakh persons in Fifty (50) groups under the scheme.
Objectives of the scheme
- To generate employment especially for women and youth and to ensure sustainable development through solar spinning wheel groups in rural areas.
- Boost rural economy and help prevent migration from rural to urban areas.
- This scheme is very helpful to take advantage of low cost, innovative techniques and livelihood processes.
Aiming to cover 50 solar clusters across the country, making approx. 1,00,000 artisans / beneficiaries are to be covered under various scheme components. This scheme will be implemented in all states of India. The geographical distribution of clusters across the country with at least 10% located in the North Eastern Region (NER), J&K and hilly states will also be taken into consideration. Under the scheme, special attention will be paid to 117 aspirational districts for resolving project proposals.
Plan implementation process
- The Solar Charkha Mission Directorate will prepare a state-wise list of potential groups.
- An individual or a promoter agency will be selected to establish solar charkha groups. Existing Khadi institutes can also set up such groups.
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