Now India has got its first-ever handcrafted high-quality khadi fabric footwear which is designed by Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC). It was launched by Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister for Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) on 21st October 2020. The footwear was launched via video-conferencing.
- Designed by: Khadi and Village Industries Commission
- Nodal Ministry: Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises
Currently, there are 15 designs in the female category and 10 designs in the male category. The footwear will be having the Madhubani art, thus it will also be promoting indigenous Indian art.
Khadi aims to capture market worth of around Rs. 5,000 crore.
Price Range of Khadi Footwear
These handcrafted shoes comes within the price range of Rs. 1,100 to Rs. 3,300.
Online Purchase Khadi Footwear
The khadi footwear can also be purchased online from KVIC’s e-portal www.khadiindia.gov.in.
Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC)
- KVIC is a statutory body established by an act of Parliament.
- It took over the work of former all India Khadi and Village Industries Board.
- Indian national freedom and the father of the nation – Mahatma Gandhi, gave Khadi as a sustainable and inclusive vehicle for growth and development. KVIC creates employment at grass root village level, even with a very low per capita investment. Needs of the rural sector in terms of processed goods are met to a great extent by KVIC. The sustainable income for artisans and craftsmen are created by this platform. It glorifies the work done by hand and also conserves the culture of hard work and individual commercial initiatives which are inclusive and developmental in nature. Khadi products are accepted by a very wide class of people from middle to the highest level.
- KVIC provides employment to a large number of artisans and craftsmen.
- It helps the rural economy to produce saleable articles.
- It helps the rural economy to become atma-nirbhar (self-reliant) and promotes the sustainability of income for the poor by linking them with a commercial supply chain and building rural community spirit.
- It promotes the spirit of ‘Swadeshi’.
- KVIC is responsible for planning, promotion, organisation and implementation of programs for the development of khadi and other village industries in the rural areas.
- It provides assistance in marketing and also encourages research in tools and manufacturing process.
- It facilitates training and skill upgradation of artisans and craftsmen.
- It provides financial assistance of organisations and individuals for the development of village industries and also provides technical know-how.
Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME)
Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (Government of India) deals with the formation of laws, rules, regulations, circulars etc. pertaining MSMEs in India. It also makes plans, policies and schemes to assist MSMEs in their growth, Earlier there were two ministries names, Ministry of Small Scale Industries and Ministries of Agro and Rural Industries. These two ministries were merged on 9th May 2007 under Government of India (Allocation of Business) Rules, 1961 and Ministry of MSME was formed.
Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises has two divisions:
Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) Division
- This division is tasked with the administration, vigilance and administrative supervision of the National Small Industries Corporation (NSIC) Ltd., and the three autonomous national level entrepreneurship development/training originations.
- It is also responsible for the implementation of the schemes relating to Performance and Credit Rating and Assistance to Training Institution, among others.
- Preparation and monitoring of Results- Framework Document (RFD) under Performance Monitoring and Evaluation System (PMES).
Agro and Rural Industry (ARI) Division
- It looks after the administration of two statutory bodies viz. the Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC), Coir Board and Mahatma Gandhi Institute for Rural Industrialization (MGIRI).
- It also supervises the implementation of the Prime Minister’s Employment Generation Programme (PMEGP).
The Ministry Manages the following organisations
- National Institute for Entrepreneurship & Small Business Development
- Indian Institute of Entrepreneurship
- Khadi and Village Industries Commission
- National Institute for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises
- National Small Industries Corporation Ltd.
- National School of Leadership
- National Commission for Enterprises in the Unorganised Sector