After the formal inauguration of a solar charkha unit by Union minister Rajyaardhan Singh Rathore at PM Narendra Modi’s adopted Jayapur village, solar powered charkha and loom will be set up at Sewapuri block of the PM’s parliamentary constituency by February end.
Notably, minister of state for information and broadcasting Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore inaugurated solar charkha unit, readied by Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) at the PM’s adopted Jayapur village on December 21.
Talking to TOI on Wednesday, director of KVIC, Baldhari Singh said, “During the launch of solar powered charkhas in Jayapur, the Union minister had highlighted how the move would help in generation of employment for women in the villages. KVIC intends to develop itself as a sustainable, employment-generating and eco-friendly industry by switching to solar charkhas. It would also provide employment to more people at rural level besides boosting their earnings manifold and improving the quality of the yarn.”
It is to be mentioned here that at a time only one person can work on a hand driven charkha but one or more than one solar-powered charkhas can be handled by a single person. While manually a spinning wheel can make about 30 hanks in a standard day of eight hours, over 80 hanks can be produced via solar charkhas in the same time frame. “This would also account in increasing the efficiency of a person and will also result in upsurge in productivity to meet the increasing demand of khadi,” said Singh.
KVIC has sought the financial support of Rural Electrification Corporation (REC) to develop as many as 500 solar powered spinning wheels and 100 looms which would be set up in Sewapuri block in city within two months. The previous limitation of hard labour replaced with mechanically operated charkha and an increased output could motivate homemakers living in rural areas to join the workforce, thus generating more employment, added Singh.
After the installation of charkhas and looms, training will be imparted with special emphasis of improved production of ready-made Khadi garments.