New Delhi: Union Home Minister Amit Shah recently instructed the Director Generals (DGs) of all paramilitary forces to use khadi fabric in their uniforms and Village Industries products such as pickles, papad, honey, soaps and detergents, shampoos, phenol, tea, and mustard oil in their canteens, coming as a boost to the Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) products.
The move comes after several meetings were held between the authorities of KVIC and the paramilitary forces. Sources said meetings had been ongoing for the last two weeks and have now reached the stage of finalization, after several samples were shared by KVIC for approval.
The KVIC Chairman said the samples of cotton and woolen uniforms, camouflage uniforms, blankets and others provided by the paramilitary forces have been developed by KVIC and submitted to a few forces for final approval.
The sample developed for camouflage fabric was not only liked by one of the paramilitary forces but also found to be superior to the existing material used by the forces, said a Press communication from the Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME).
Enthused by the recent instructions given by Amit Shah to the DGs of all paramilitary forces to use khadi fabric in their uniforms, KVIC Chairman Vinai Kumar Saxena said, “This move will not only double the Khadi and Village Industries turnover, which is nearly Rs. 75,000 crores currently, but also create millions of additional man-hours for the khadi artisans who will weave millions of metres of khadi fabric for our paramilitary forces.”
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