The West Bengal Khadi & Village Industries Board (WBKVIB) has signed up for a development program to enhance silk khadi in 14 out of the 23 districts in the state after the success it received for the Project Muslin.
“During this development programme, artisans will be offered training to manufacture products in line with the market demand. The scheme will provide infrastructure and help in marketing.” – Mrityunjay Bandopadhyay, CEO, WBKVIB
Reportedly, out of all the districts ; five, including East and West Burdwan, Hooghly, Howrah and Nadia comes under the non-backward district category. While the other nine in the backward category are West and East Midnapore, Bankura, Birbhum, Malda, Murshidabad, Purulia, South and North Dinajpur.
It is important to add here that about 1,900 skilled workers will be offered training under the first category, while for the second category, 2,340 artisans will be trained.
Notably, the total investment for the project is estimated to be around Rs. 8.5 crores for the non-backward areas, while for the backward areas there is a surge of Rs. 1.51 crores amounting to Rs. 9.51 crores.