Karma Tirtha is a flagship programme of the State Government. The basic objective of Karma Tirtha is to provide an ideal ambience for marketing the products of the artisans, weavers, micro & small entrepreneurs, backward and poor SHG members including women artisans and interaction between them and the consumers, buyers, exporters round the year in an organized manner. Thus Karma Tirtha provides opportunities for organized marketing facilities at the same time there will be wider scope for employment generation through direct and indirect channel.
Each Karma Tirtha is contemplated in such a way that it will be the centre point of economic activity where trade & commerce will thrive. It has also plan to organize exhibition and cultural events to showcase the regional and cultural heritage. Thus Karma Tirtha is planned to act for economic, social and cultural development of the area where the quality of life of the people will be improved.
Karma Tirtha is the exclusive property of the Government of West Bengal. In the 1 st phase, each Karma Tirtha house 30 (thirty) permanent stalls in a single storied building with foundation for two storied structure and an open space for temporary accommodation for economically weak micro artisans/entrepreneurs on rotation basis. In the 2 nd phase there will be a provision of 20 (twenty ) stalls at each floor of a two storied structure with accommodation for meeting room & guest house .
The Govt. of West Bengal has entrusted the job of development of 54 (fifty four) no. of Karma Tirtha(s) at 16(sixteen) districts to the Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises & Textiles Deptt. in two phases ( 26 at 1 st phase & 28 at 2 nd phase). The Directorate of MSME is implementing the project since 2014-15. Till date, construction of Karma Tirtha has been completed at 19(nineteen) locations out of which at 17(seventeen) locations, Karma Tirtha (s) have been made functioning. At other 22(twenty two) locations construction is going on.
The locations and major items of trade of KarmaTirtha(s) functioning at different districts are depicted below:-
|District||Block||Mouza||No of beneficiaries||No of stalls||No of stalls distributed to the beneficiaries||Major trade/activity|
|Bankura||Ranibandh||Katium||83||30||30||Bamboo &Sabai grass product|
|Bankura-I||Ailakandi||41||30||17||Jute,cane&bamboo,dokra,Bell& brass product|
|DakshinDinajpur||Gangarampur||Bishrail||30||30||30||Readymade garments & cyber cafe|
|Balurghat||Chakbakhar||30||30||30||Jute diversified product, wood carving & hand embroidery|
|Tapan||Suhari||30||30||30||Readymade garments & imitation ornaments|
|Jalpaiguri||Rajganj (Ambari-Falakata)||Kismatsukhani||30||30||30||Cane furniture,Tailoring& handicraft items|
|Matelli||Satkhaya||30||30||27||Bamboo craft & tailoring|
|Jhargram||Jamboni||Gidhni||30||30||30||Bamboo & wood craft|
|Gopinathballavpur-I||NimdihaKoptisole||30||30||30||Bamboo &Sabai grass craft|
|Malda||Bamangola||Paikpara||169||30||25||Bamboo & jute craft|
|PaschimMedinipur||MedinipurSadar||Khasjungal||30||30||30||Hand embroidery &Zariitem|
|PurbaMedinipur||Tamluk||Hirapur||28||30||28||Handloom item & mosquito net|
|Purulia||Raghunathpur-I||Bundla||20||26||20||Baluchari sari & Ladies garments|
|Uttar Dinajpur||Islampur||Illuabari||30||30||30||Jute diversified product& Terracotta product|