GUWAHATI, March 6 - The Assam Khadi and Village Industries Board is facing a drastic fall in sales of different products in the current financial year, said Handloom, Textiles and Sericulture Minister Ranjit Dutta replying to a question by MLA Rekibuddin Ahmed in the Assembly on Friday.
Dutta said till February this year, the Board sold products worth Rs 73.90 lakh. On the other hand, in 2018-19, the revenue earned was Rs 87.59 lakh, in 2017-18 it was Rs 81.39 lakh and in 2016-17 it was Rs 80.54 lakh. The Board has 355 employees and it costs Rs 210 lakh to pay their salaries per month, he added.
Again, 12 production units have been closed down till date. These are the matchbox industry at Raha, scutcher and card plant at Noonmati, Charma Udyog in Guwahati, Kothiatoli Khadi Production Centre, Kokrajhar Khadi Production Centre, Titabor Khadi Production Centre, Karimganj Khadi Production Centre, Durlovchera Khadi Production Centre, Diphu Adarsha Ghani Kendra, Dayangmukh Adarsha Ghani Kendra, Langting Adarsha Ghani Kendra and Haflong Adarsha Ghani Kendra.