In the 210th Meeting of Board of Directors of Himachal Pradesh Khadi and Village Industries Board, Industries Minister Mukesh Agnihotri stated that Khadi Board had been instrumental in generating sustainable employment to a large segment of traditional and prospective artisans and rural and urban unemployed youth in the State so as to help arrest migration of rural youth to urban areas in quest of employment and other income generating activities.

Minister said that the State Government was implementing a number of schemes aimed at assisting economically backward sections of the society in adopting self employing avocations by providing them loan at low rate of interests. He said that it had been the endeavour of the Board to bring together widely dispersed traditional artisans in rural and urban areas, unemployed youth and provide them self-employment opportunities to the optimum.

He appreciated the initiatives taken by the Management of the Board and hoped that with diversified trading activities the Board would be in a position to generate vast income avenues in the near future.

Kailash Chand Gaur, Chief Executive Officer of HP State Village and Khadi Industries Board, welcomed the Minister and apprised him of the activities and schemes implemented by the Board.

Manmohan Katoch, Member Secretary of the Board said that efforts would be made to motivate traditional artisans in rural areas to find self employment avenues for themselves in their traditional avocations. Non-official directors of the BOD of the Board also gave their valuable suggestions.

Dr P.C Kapoor Additional Chief Secretary, Industries, Mohan Chauhan, Director Industries, Rajesh Sharma Special Secretary Finance were present in the meeting among others.

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