The wages of Khadi artisans are set to rise up to 100% and more with the Khadi & Village Industries Commission (KVIC) approving a wage hike, the government said.
The wages were raised from Rs 90 to Rs 190 per day along with assistance for marketing their product the government added.
This follows a promise made by PM Narendra Modi in his Independence Day speech.
Besides an increase in wages per hank, the commission has also decided to levy amount Rs 50 on certain high value products to augment the earnings of artisans which will be remitted on a monthly basis to the artisans bank account by departmental sales outlets added the government.
KVIC has hiked wages of spinners from Rs. 4 per hank to Rs. 5.50 per hank with an additional 10% marketing assistance which would add to the wages, a rise by 37.5%.
Earlier the spinners were getting Rs 100 per day considering they spin 25 hanks per day. Now earnings will be Rs 138 plus 10% marketing assistance on it ie Rs.152 per day.
The Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) is a statutory body formed by the Government of India, under the Act of Parliament.
It is an apex organisation under the Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, with regard to khadi and village industries within India.
KVIC seeks to plan, promote, facilitate, organise and assist in the establishment and development of khadi and village industries in the rural areas in coordination with other agencies engaged in rural development wherever necessary.