• Ans: In 2014, Government of West Bengal formed `Karma Tirtha` hubs across the state to act as a one-stop shop for entrepreneurs to market their products directly to the consumers in rural areas. 'Karma Tirtha' is a scheme to strike a synergy between the abundance of natural indigenous resources and availability of a talented workforce for sustainable entrepreneurship and employment opportunities

  • Ans: The government is providing the requisite infrastructure support including training and finance, thereby allowing individuals, self-help groups, co-operative enterprises, artisans, and weavers to avail of the advantages of the scheme. The target is to line up a minimum of one 'Karma tirtha' in every block of the State. It acts as a platform of interaction between them and the consumers, buyers, exporters in an organized manner. Thus, Karma Tirtha provides opportunities for organized marketing facilities and a wider scope for employment generation through the direct and indirect channel

  • Ans: Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises Department, Minority Affairs & Madrassah Education Department, Self-Help Group & Self-Employment Department, Panchayats & Rural Development Department.

  • Ans: There are 529 Karma Tirthas across the state.

  • Ans: A Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) is a subsidiary approved by Government of West Bengal for Operation and Management of karma Tirthas.

  • Ans: All citizens of West Bengal who are willing to become entrepreneur can apply for the stalls.

  • Ans: After publish of advertisement an entrepreneur can apply for the stalls via this portal, through BSK and also in offline mode by submitting hardcopy application to concerned Block Office.

  • Ans: Its free of cost since it’s a Government of West Bengal initiative.