The Solar Charkha Mission of the Ministry of Micro Small & Medium Enterprises (MSME) will be launched by President Ram Nath Kovind on June 27, 2018 in New Delhi.
The Mission has been approved by the Government of India and will disburse subsidy of Rs 550 crore to the artisans. It will cover 50 clusters and every cluster will employ 400 to 2000 artisans.
The information was shared by Giriraj Singh, Minister of State (I/C), MSME, at a press conference in New Delhi on June 13 while releasing a booklet on the 4 years’ achievement of his Ministry.
The Minister further informed that 15 new state-of-the-art technology centers are being set up all over the country including North-East, of which 10 centers will become operational by March 2019.
Each of the centres will be built at a cost of around Rs 150 crore. The 10 centers, which will become operational soon, are located in Durg (Chhattisgarh), Bhiwadi (Rajasthan), Rohtak (Haryana), Visakhapatnam (Andhra Pradesh), Bengaluru (Karnataka), Sitarganj (Uttarakhand), Baddi (Himachal Pradesh), Bhopal (M.P.), Kanpur (UP) and Puducherry.
The Minister further informed that under Prime Minister's Employment Generation Programme (PMEGP), budgetary allocation for FY 2018-19 has been increased by 75 per cent to Rs 1,800 crore.
Further, in order to incentivise entrepreneurs, mainly women and SC/ST, the government will be making an investment of about Rs 10,000 crore in the micro sector in this financial year.
The Ministry of MSME has provided training to over 15 lakh people during the last 4 years through its various initiatives.