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President Kovind to launch Solar Charkha Mission on June 27

image President Kovind to launch Solar Charkha Mission on June 27

New Delhi, June 14 (KNN) President Ram Nath Kovind will launch Solar Charkha Mission on June 27, which will entail a subsidy of Rs 550 crore in the initial two years for 50 clusters, Union MSME Minister Giriraj Singh said.

The scheme also aims at linking five crore women across the country to the initiative, the Minister said.

"We are going to launch a new scheme called the Solar Charkha Mission on 27 June. The objective is to link 5 crore women to this initiative. We will also link it to self help groups," said, Union Minister.

He made the above statement while addressing a press conference on the achievements of the Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises in the last four years, in New Delhi on June 13, 2018.

The mission is expected to create one lakh jobs during the first two years, MSME Secretary AK Panda told.

Panda said that the solar charkha mission has been approved by the government and as of now the government has approved Rs 550 crore of subsidy for around 50 clusters. Every cluster will have between 400 to 2,000 artisans.

The expected investment is up to 10,000 crore only in the micro enterprises sector in the current fiscal through subsidy as well as the credit component in the Prime Minister's Employment Generation Program, according to Panda.

Of 1.14 lakh crore enterprises registered under GST, 7 lakh are large enterprises, whereas 1.07 crore MSMEs are registered, the secretary added.

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