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MSME launched Programme for Manufacturing of Agarbatti

Published on August 02, 2020
Current Context: Ministry of MSME has launched a programme to uplift the artisans who manufacture Agarbatti.
MSME launched Programme for Manufacturing of Agarbatti
  • The programme is launched under ‘Gramodyog Vikas Yojana’. The program will help to uplift and develop village industries.
  • Total 5 pilot projects will be conducted under this programme, in which initially 4 pilot projects will be started and later the one remaining pilot project will be conducted.
  • Each target group of artisans will be provided with 50 automatic agarbatti making machinery and tools along with 10 mixing machines. A total number of 200 automatic agarbatti making machines and 40 mixing machines will be distributed.
  • The program will also develop 500 job opportunities in the agarbatti making sector and will lead to reduction in imports of agarbatti.
  • Along with the formation of pilot projects, GOI has also taken decisions like: Placing the ‘Agarbatti’ item from “Free” trade to “Restricted” trade in the import policy and enhancing the import duty from 10% to 25% on round bamboo sticks used to manufacture agarbatti.

Question: 

Q.1 Recently MSME has decided to uplift which sector under the Gramodyog Vikas Yojana’?
a. Cotton
b. Agarbatti
c. Paper
d. Herbal products
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