The paramilitary forces’ canteens have begun the sale of handmade Khadi products on the back of the central government’s Swadeshi drive that has set off for pan-India expansion. Minister of Home Affairs and Cooperation Amit Shah launched this drive comprising sale of Khadi products across 107 central armed police forces canteens. He said Khadi being a symbol of Swadeshi is also a tool to fulfil Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Aatmanirbhar Bharat mission. He launched this drive on the sidelines of the foundation laying ceremony of the central workshop and stores of BSF in Asam at Tamulpur.
He praised Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) for its efforts towards creating sustainable rural employment. He added that various missions and programs of KVIC including Kumhar Sashaktikaran Yojana, Honey Mission, Leather and Carpenter Emowerment Schemes among others had the potential to create sustainable employment in Asam.
The Home Minister had recently made it mandatory for all CAPF canteens to sell mostly the “Swadeshi” products through KVIC. The initiative has begun with 32 products. These include National Flag, Honey, Cotton Towels, Kacchi Ghani Mustard Oil, Daliya, Agarbatti, Papad, Amla products, Pickles, etc. These products will be supplied in the canteens located across Delhi-NCR, Gujarat, Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Assam among other states.
The development comes after KVIC’s historic agreements with paramilitary forces for the supply of cotton durries, woolen blankets and mustard oil, etc. KVIC has so far supplied products worth over Rs 17 crore to different paramilitary forces and the paramilitary canteens shall turn out to be providing a big platform to sell Khadi products. The initiative will directly impact the KVIC production and sales.