The Indian government is planning to promote Khadi as global fabric in order to promote economic growth; this was stated by union Commerce and Industry Minister Suresh Prabhu, while addressing a conclave ‘Taking KHADI: Local to Global’, through a video message.
The conclave was jointly organised by FICCI, IIFT and Khadi India. He emphasized on the need of new designs and styles in Khadi to promote it globally.
At least six districts in five states have been finalized for implementation of district-level development pilot projects to promote Khadi as global fabric.
Alok Vardhan Chaturvedi, DGFT, Ministry of Commerce & Industry, who also attended the conclave, said the Khadi sector which currently deploys 80 lakh people needs to create demand in the Indian fashion industry and textile sector.
Ashwani Lohani, Chairman, Indian Railway Board said that there is a need to make Khadi a symbol of national pride. He added that the railways on a daily basis requires four lakh bedrolls and would be willing to partner with KVIC in developing a strategy to provide disposable khadi bedrolls and towels at economical rates.
V K Saxena, Chairman, Khadi & Village Industries Commission, said that “Khadi is not a commercial tool. The objective of KVIC is to create employment through promoting khadi.”
A similar conclave was organized in January this year also to promote Khadi.