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Government of India
Ministry of Micro,Small & Medium Enterprises
31-August-2012 17:26 IST
Artisan Welfare Fund Trust
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA

 

Artisans Welfare Funds (AWFs) have been created to provide security and assistance to artisans, and are managed through Artisans Welfare Funds Trusts (AWFTs). Khadi institutions registered with Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) and State Khadi and Village Industries Boards (KVIBs) are required to contribute 12 % of wages of artisans to AWFs. In the case of death of an artisan, the entire amount to his credit is paid to his legal heir or nominee. An artisan who has been subscribing to the fund for at least one year can withdraw the amount standing to his credit to meet a variety of expenses such as children’s education, marriage, medical treatment, housing, purchasing equipment, child birth, buy khadi on festivals, death rites, etc. 

 

The membership of the AWFTs has been made mandatory for all ‘A+’, ‘A’, ‘B’ and ‘C’ category khadi and polyvastra producing institutions. 

 

No complaints as such have been received in the Ministry regarding the working of AWFTs. Complaints received in KVIC are dealt with in normal course by KVIC on a continuing basis.

 

 

State -wise Number of AWFTs and Artisans Covered

 

Sr. No

State/Union Territory

Number of AWFTs

Number of artisans covered by AWFTs

1

Jammu & Kashmir

1

7025

2

Himachal Pradesh

1

1496

3

Punjab

1

7512

4

UT Chandigarh

Covered under AWFT for  Punjab

5

Uttarakhand

1

9737

6

Haryana

1

27188

7

Delhi 

Covered under AWFT for  Meerut region(UP)

8

Rajasthan

1

15477

9

Uttar Pradesh

2

120234

10

Bihar

1

5882

11

Sikkim

Covered under AWFT for  Assam

12

Arunachal Pradesh

Covered under AWFT for  Assam

13

Nagaland

Covered under AWFT for  Assam

14

Manipur

Covered under AWFT for  Assam

15

Mizoram

Covered under AWFT for  Assam

16

Tripura

Covered under AWFT for  Assam

17

Meghalaya

Covered under AWFT for  Assam

18

Assam  

1

3439

19

West Bengal

1

17487

20

Jharkhand

1

1894

21

Orissa

1

2217

22

Chhattisgarh

1

3472

23

Madhya Pradesh

1

576

24

Gujarat*

1

9422

25

Maharashtra**

1

978

26

Andhra  Pradesh

1

7130

27

Karnataka

1

13634

28

Goa

-

-

29

Lakshadweep

-

-

30

Kerala

1

9445

31

Tamil Nadu

1

10031

32

Puducherry

Covered under AWFT for Tamil Nadu

33

Adaman & Nicobar Island

-

-

 

TOTAL

21

274276

    *   Including Daman & Diu

    ** Including Dadra & Nagar Haveli

 

 

This information was given by the Union Minister for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, Shri Vayalar Ravi in a written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha today.

 

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