Khadi commission created 20 lakh+ jobs in last 5 years

Amid much debate on job crisis, the Khadi and Village Industries Commission has created 20,63,152 new jobs and set up 2,67,226 new projects

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New Delhi: Khadi and Village Industries Commission has created more than 20 lakh new jobs in the last five financial years under the ambitious Prime Minister Employment Generation Program (PMEGP).

Commission chairman Vinay Kumar Saxena said that the commission had always achieved a success rate of 100% in implementing the PMEGP.

Saxena said that, prior to 2014-15, the achievement rate was never over the stipulated target. But in the last five fiscals, due to the push given by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, to digital India, the KVIC succeeded in surpassing the targets.

“Incredible as it may sound, amid much debate about job crisis in the nation, the Khadi and Village Industries Commission, leading from the front, has created 20,63,152 new jobs and set up 2,67,226 new projects under its ambitious Prime Minister Employment Generation Programme (PMEGP) in the last five fiscals, i.e. between 2014-15 to 2018-19,” Saxena said.

Its success rate of the Khadi commission in the year 2014-15 was 102.70%, 118.29% in 2016-17 and 112.17% in 2017-18.

In 2018-19, the KVIC, the nodal agency of PMEGP, had been given a target of setting up 70,386 new PMEGP projects disbursing margin money of Rs 1,968.80 crore for creating 5,62,351 employment, he said.

“Surpassing the target, however, is not a new phenomenon for KVIC in the last five financial year. Barring 2015-16, it has always achieved more than 100% success in the execution of PMEGP,” He said.

“Success in PMEGP is a manifestation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of Digital India. The KVIC as the nodal agency of the PMEGP scheme had taken various steps of digitalisation — to increase organisational capacity to meet the various requirements towards implementation of this scheme.

Saxena said that on 1 July 2016, the Khadi commission had started its online portal. Transparency was achieved due to the online portal and the process of distribution of margin money subsidy came to an end.

“Earlier PMEGP was implemented off-line. But from July 1 2016, KVIC launched online portal. The software used for digitalisation of PMEGP was developed in-house by the IT team of the KVIC, saving approximately Rs 20 crore of the government exchequers as some external agency could have charged this for it,” Saxena said.

He said the online portal has brought transparency and expedited disbursement of margin money subsidy under the PMEGP.

“The KVIC has introduced online submission of application by the prospective beneficiaries and the payment of Margin Money subsidy is directly made into the beneficiary account through Direct Benefits Transfer (DBT). With the digitalization of the whole process, not only the applicants can now track the status of their applications at any point of time, but it had also taken out even the minor chance for middlemen — to bluff the applicants,” Saxena said.