Mumbai: With an aim to increase productivity and enhance the quality of yarn, the Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) is planning to introduce solar charkhas, a senior official said.
KVIC is planning to introduce 500 solar charkhas on a pilot basis in its various institutions, KVIC Chairperson, Kumud Joshi, said here on Saturday.
"We aim to achieve a production target of Rs 27,000-crore and provide employment to 1.45-crore people during the 11th Five Year Plan. The traditional charkhas include a lot of hard work but less productivity. The solar charkhas will, however, reduce the mannual efforts of the weavers, thus enhancing productivity," she said.
Gandhigram Urja Vikas Sanstha, an NGO in Amravati, is working on the project in collaboration with the Mahatma Gandhi Institute for Rural Industrialisation (MGIRI) at
These charkhas would help the spinners earn Rs 150 per day as against their present earnings of Rs 60 from the yarn produced from hand-spun charkhas, Kumud said. "At present, around 7.46-lakh spinners are associated with khadi. If an ambitious programme for introduction of one-lakh charkhas each year is taken, it can revolutionise the
traditional spinning industry and can gradually take the place of centralised spinning industry," she said.
The cost of one solar charkha is estimated to be around Rs 15,000. It is estimated that one kilogram of yarn could be produced from one charkha everyday. "This will also ensure
better quality output," she added.