KVIC organizes potters’ training programme

KVIC organizes potters’ training programme

Varanasi: The Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) on Thursday began training of 90 new potters, including 10 women in Varanasi. The trainee artisans belong to seven villages in Sewapuri block. KVIC Chairman Vinai Kumar Saxena launched the training program for these potters through video-conference.

The 90 artisans, divided in three batches of 30 artisans each, come from many villages including Arjunpur, Khalispur, Dhamanpur, Mankaiya, Devapur, Daulatiya and Abhini. These artisans will be trained for 10 days and thereafter, electric potter wheels and other equipment will be provided to them. On completion of training, nearly 360 persons are likely to get direct employment from making pottery.

KVIC organizes potters’ training programme

The idea is to create self-employment for marginalized potters, women and unemployed youth at their doorsteps. This will also benefit a large number of migrant workers in these villages who have returned from other states facing economic distress in wake of the Corona pandemic. KVIC has set a target of distributing 1500 potter wheels in Varanasi in the next three months.

Keeping in view the upcoming festive season, the potters are specifically being trained in making of sculptures of Indian deities like Laxmi and Ganesh, decorative lamps, earthen magic lamps, traditional earthen lamps (deeya), earthen chandeliers and other home decorative and gift items. This is being done in order to promote “swadeshi” and boycott Chinese products that flood Indian markets during festivals.

KVIC organizes potters’ training programme

The KVIC Chairman said the Varanasi district has a huge consumption of earthenware as kulhar, glasses and bowls are commonly used at almost all eateries and tea stalls. Also, the railway stations in Varanasi have been made plastic-free and hence, there is a huge demand of kulhars and clay glasses.

“Owing to huge local demand for earthenware, there is a great employment potential for potters in Varanasi and its adjoining areas. By providing them with pottery training, the KVIC will create employment at doorsteps for these people. While this will help us revive the art of pottery, it will also increase the income of the potter’s community by 4-5 times,” Saxena said.

KVIC organizes potters’ training programme

Earlier, on June 27, KVIC had distributed 80 electric potter wheels to 80 potters’ families in Sewapuri. Several villages in Varanasi have already benefited under the Kumhar Sashaktikaran Yojana. KVIC is soon going to set up a cluster under the SFURTI Scheme of the Ministry of MSME in Varanasi. The cluster will facilitate nearly 500 artisans to work together at a well-equipped place. KVIC has so far distributed over 17,000 electric potter wheels across the country under Kumhar Sashaktikaran Yojana.


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