The Khadi and Village Industries Commission is promoting khadi in a big way and targeting to employ one crore people in this sector in the next four years. The plan has already gathered momentum in commercial capital Mumbai, where at least 15 new khadi outlets have been launched including one at the Income Tax head office at Marine Lines to generate awareness among people and help village weavers earn more.
KVIC chairman Vinai Kumar Saxena said, “The industry with a turnover of Rs 33,000 crore has great potential and would help serve weavers in rural India.”
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has taken up the initiative to revive “khadi” clothes and products which are eco-friendly and part of the centre-state mission to promote cottage and village industries. Of 12.5 lakh individuals employed in the khadi industry, 82 per cent are women.
He revealed, “The Indian Navy recently incorporated khadi uniform for its one batch which participated in the Naval Fleet Review 2016 held at Visakhapatnam on February 5 to 8.”
Commercial capital Mumbai has been shortlisted as the main centre where centre-state can work to take “khadi” clothes and products to people. Principal Chief Income Tax Commissioner Devendra Saxena said, “We have given our own outlet in our IT office for khadi products as we believe it would help in generating greater employment.”
Unlike in the past, when khadi was tagged as clothes confined to politicians, it is evolving to be more affordable, and also comfortable as a designer wear in various colours.