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Khadi and Village Industries Commission readies 5 prototype models of solar-powered charkha

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After a prolonged research, Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) has now readied 5 prototype models of ‘solar-powered charkha (spinning wheel used for producing yarn) for its introduction in the country.

The gadgets are developed with the objectives of reducing human drudgery, which otherwise happens when using hand spinning wheel (hand-operated charkha), and increasing productivity and earnings of traditional artisans using ‘clean energy’.

According to R. Siddharthan, Development Officer, KVIC, the MSME Ministry has given the in-principle permission for introducing the solar-powered charkha.

The three agencies - Udyog Bharati under Gujarat State Khadi Gramodyog Board at Gondal; Khadi Gramodhyog Prayog Samithi, a research institute founded by one of the close relatives of Mahatma Gandhi at Ahmedabad; and a private institution in Ludhiana involved in the research would be the suppliers of the gadget, once the guidelines for charkha scheme was finalised, and the artisans/entrepreneurs could buy the same by getting loans available under Prime Minister’s Employment Generation Programme, he said.

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  • News Section: Technology
  • Month: February
  • Year: 2016
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