Number of MSMEs
           As per the National Sample Survey (NSS) 73rd round, conducted by National Sample
      Survey Office, in 2015-16, there were 633.88 lakh unincorporated non-agriculture MSMEs, in
      the country engaged in different economic activities excluding the MSMEs registered under (a)
      Sections 2 m(i) and 2m(ii) of the Factories Act, 1948, (b) Companies Act, 1956 and (c)
      Construction activities falling under Section F of National Industrial Classification (NIC) 2008.
      Khadi and Village Industries Commission
           Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) established under the Act of Parliament
      (No. 61 of 1956), and as amended in 1987 and 2006 is a statutory organization under the
      Ministry of MSME and engaged in promoting and developing Khadi and Village Industries
      (KVI) for providing employment opportunities in the rural areas, thereby strengthening the rural
      economy. KVIC has been identified as one of the major organizations in the decentralized sector
      for generating sustainable non-farm employment opportunities in rural areas at a low per capita
      investment. KVIC undertakes activities like skill improvement; transfer of technology; research
      and development; marketing etc. and helps in generating employment/self employment
      opportunities in rural areas.
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      Coir Board
           The Coir Board is a statutory body established under the Coir Industry Act, 1953 for
      promoting overall development of the coir industry and improvement of the living conditions of
      the workers engaged in this traditional industry. The functions of the Board for the development
      of coir industry inter-alia, include undertaking scientific, technological and economic research
      and development activities; collection of statistics relating to exports and internal consumption of
      coir and coir products; development of new products and designs; publicity for promotion of
      exports and internal sales; marketing of coir and coir products in India and abroad; preventing
      unfair competition among producers and exporters; assisting in the establishment of units for the
      manufacture of products; promoting cooperative organisations among producers of husk, coir
      fibre, coir yarn and manufacturers of coir products; ensuring remunerative returns to producers
      and manufacturers, etc.
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           The Indian textiles industry is one of the largest in the world with a large raw material base
      and manufacturing strength across the value chain. The uniqueness of the industry lies in its
      strength both in the hand-woven sector as well as in the capital intensive mill sector. The mill
      sector, with 3400 textile mills having installed capacity of more than 50 million spindles and
      842000 rotors is the second largest in the world. Traditional sectors like handloom, handicrafts
      and small scale power-loom units are the biggest source of employment for millions of people in
      rural and semi urban area. The textile industry has inherent linkage with agriculture, culture and
      traditions of the country making for its versatile spread of products appropriate for both domestic
      and the export markets. The textile industry contributes to 7 per cent of industry output in value
      terms of 2 per cent of India’s GDP and to 15 per cent of the country’s export earnings. With over