Khadi and Village Industries Board (KVIB) produces goods worth Rs 1,895 crore annually in its 48,209 units established under PMEGP, which provides employment to 1.03 lakh people.
"JK Khadi and Village Industries Board has established 48,209 units under PMEGP, creating employment opportunities for 1,02,947 workers, thus producing Khadi and village industries products to the tune of Rs 1,895 crores, annually," Secretary and CEO of KVIB Rashid Ahmed Qadri said on Tuesday.
Rashid was speaking at an event held to commemorate commemorated 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, here at Kashmir Haat-Srinagar.
Secretary also said that in 2017-18, J&K KVIB received 14,000 applications for creating new units.
While paying rich tributes to Mahatma Gandhi, he said that Gandhi stressed more on the development of villages and always encouraged rural and micro industry, which is one of the important sectors in contributing towards generation of employment.
"Mahatma Gandhi showed the path of non-violence, co-existence, composite culture and communal harmony. He preached unity in diversity along with oneness and strengthening of the religious bonds," said CEO, adding that the ideas of Gandhi ji are still relevant.
He said that J&K KVIB has been consistently performing for the welfare of the people and on the basis of its performance, it has been designated as Nodal Agency for National Scheduled Cast Scheduled Tribe Hub.
Earlier the secretary along with FA&CAO- Ashraf Iqbal Haqla, DyCEO (KD)-Muzaffar Allaqband and other dignitaries lit the traditional lamp and paid floral tributes to Mahatma Gandhi.
FA&CAO also threw light on the life history of Gandhi and said he stood for peace and non-violence and achieved his goals without even raising his lathi.
Deputy CEO also addressed the gathering and urged upon today's generation to follow the ideals of Mahatma Gandhi.
Earlier, AEO- Sandeep Kotwal said best tributes could be paid to the Father of the Nation on his 150th birth anniversary by fighting against corruption and maintaining cleanliness.
Others present on the occasion included Publicity Officer-Pardeep Singh Bali, District Officer Srinagar-Mohd Shafi Choudhary, functionaries of the board and various unit holders.
Meanwhile in Jammu KVIB observed Gandhi Jayanti in the premises of its office at Exhibition Ground Jammu. The programme started with flowering and garlanding of portrait of Mahatma Gandhi and lighting of traditional lamp by the Deputy CEO KVIB Jammu Division Pawan Kumar Gupta. District Officer KVIB Jammu Nishant Deol and the staff members of the Division and District Office KVIB were present on the occasion.
Gupta while sharing the wisdom of Mahatma Gandhi said that he inspired the world with his faith in truth and justice for all mankind. He was a great soul who loved even those who fought against his principles to bring peace with non-violence.
Later KVIB distributed shoes among the children of orphan school, "Balika Niketan Ved Vidyalya" at Amphalla Jammu.