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Solar Charkha Mission

Topics Covered: Employment related issues.

Solar Charkha Mission

What to study?

For Prelims: Key features and coverage of the mission.

For Mains: Need for and significance of the mission.

Context: Based on the Expression of Interest (EOI), a total of 10 proposals have been approved under Mission Solar Charkha till date which is expected to benefit about 13784 artisans/workers.

About Solar Charkha Mission:

  1. Launched in 2018.
  2. It is a Ministry of Micro Small & Medium Enterprises (MSME) initiative launched during June 2018.
  3. The Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) would implement the programme.
  4. It seeks to generate employment in rural areas and contribute to the green economy.
  5. The mission will entail a subsidy of Rs 550 crore in the initial two years for 50 clusters and every cluster will employ 400 to 2000 artisans.
  6. The scheme also aims at linking five crore women across the country to the initiative.
  7. The mission is expected to create one lakh jobs during the first two years.

The objectives of the Scheme are as follows:

  1. To ensure inclusive growth by generation of employment, especially for women and youth, and sustainable development through solar charkha clusters in rural areas.
  2. To boost rural economy and help in arresting migration from rural to urban areas.
  3. To leverage low-cost, innovative technologies and processes for sustenance.

Significance of the mission:

These solar charkhas are to be operated using solar power which is a renewable energy source. It will help in development of Green Economy as it is an environment friendly programme. It will also generate sustainable employment for the artisans.

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Prelims Link:

  1. Other such missions for employment generation in India.
  2. Features of such mission.
  3. Implementing ministries or the nodal agencies.

Mains Links:

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Sources: pib.