According to the data shared by the ministry of micro, small and medium enterprises to Lok Sabha, Khadi Sector shows a downfall in the number of employees. Workforce fell from 11.6 lakh to 4.6 lakh between 2015-16 and 2016-17. However, the major cause behind it is not clear.
On contrary, the production of khadi increased by 31.6% and sales grew 33%. The Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) states that the figures till 2015-16 were not appropriate as the new job creations were added, the numbers related to people moving out of this sector were not included. Introduction of new model charkhas could be one of the causes for job loss states KVIC.
In a bid to make Khadi spinning a remunerative employment and in order to encourage employees to join Khaki industry, the Khadi & Village Industries Commission (KVIC) on Monday revised the wages for the spinners upward to Rs 7 per hank (coiled form of Khadi yarn) – about 75 per cent hike over Rs 4 paid before November 2016.
In line with the Centre’s mission to reduce cash transactions, KVIC has started paying the wages to its beneficiaries through direct benefit transfer (DBT) to their bank accounts.