Khanwan is the birthplace of the first chief minister of Bihar, Mr. Sri Krishna Singh, popularly called as Bihar Kesari. Honourable Minister of State for MSME Shri Giriraj Singh ji chose to adopt Khanwan village in Nawada district as the model village, under Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojna; Bhartiya Harita Khadi Gramodaya Sansthan launched its first pilot project with its training-cum-production centre from the Khanwan Village. The project aims to train poor women and youths who are unemployed or underemployed.
Field trials of solarised charkhas in Khanwan village of Nawada district in Bihar have been encouraging. BHKGS has trained more than 1500 women alone in Khanwan as Kattin (spinner) and Bunkar (weaver), over 1000 women are undergoing training at eight BHKGS centres and solar charkhas have already been installed at the houses of more than 1200 artisans. The training-cum-production centres at Khanwan is spread over 20,000 sq. ft. area with sprawling playground, garden, open-space and five sheds.
A brief look at Khanwan Training-cum-Production Centre
2,00,000 sq. ft. campus with solar power grid
20,000 sq. ft built in area with seven shades.
Verticals: Spinning, Weaving, Dyeing, Printing and Stitching
500 women own solar charkhas installed at their home.
Training, maintenance, raw material and yarn purchase are managed through TPC.
25 solar charkhas of 10 spindles
50 solar charkhas of 12 spindles
6 solar charkhas of 16 spindles
5 solar charkhas of 24 spindles
1 solar charkha of 32 spindles
1 twisting machine
14 solar looms
4 jigger machines for fabric dyeing
55 industrial sewing machines
67 manual sewing machines
1 cone winding machine (2-spindle)
1 hank machine Bhartiya Harit Khadi Gramodaya Sansthan, at its Khanwan TPC, has planted trees and plants like dragon plants, dates trees in the vicinity. The artisans get benefits through these plantations too.