BH Anil Kumar, joint secretary (Agri and Rural Industries) in the ministry of micro small and medium enterprises, has been given additional charge as chief executive officer of Khadi and Village Industries Corporation (KVIC).
Kumar, a 1987 batch IAS officer of Karnataka cadre, worked for the Karnataka government at various positions. He handled different assignments like Land Revenue & Management, Urban Development, Human Resource Development, Social Justice & Empowerment, Consumer Affairs Food & Public Distribution, Commerce, Transport, and Agriculture & Cooperation. He has also worked as the managing director of Karnataka Soaps & Detergents., Mysore Paper Mills and Karnataka State Road Development Corporation.
The KVIC, a Government of India body, is charged with planning, promotion, organisation and implementation of programmes for the development of khadi and other village industries in the rural areas in coordination with other agencies engaged in rural development wherever necessary.
Its functions also comprise building up of a reserve of raw materials and implements for supply to producers, creation of common service facilities for processing of raw materials as semi-finished goods and provisions of facilities for marketing of khadi and village industries’ products apart from organisation of training of artisans engaged in these industries and encouragement of co-operative efforts amongst them.
KVIC also forges linkages with established marketing agencies to promote the sale and marketing of khadi and/or products of village industries or handicrafts.