To create ample opportunities for Khadi artisans and help them fight the financial distress that they are facing in the prolonged lockdown phase as a fall out of COVID-19, the government has released Rs 45 crore worth purchase orders to the Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC). The orders have been issued from Indian Railways, Air India and the Ministry of Tribal Affairs.
Further, the MoU between Ministry of Tribal Affairs and KVIC for purchase of 6.38 lakh meter of poly Khadi fabric for Tribal students has been extended to 8.46 lakh fabric worth Rs 20.60 crore. The order has been distributed among khadi institutions across Rajasthan, Gujarat, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh.
The Ministry of Railway has also placed purchase order worth Rs 19.50 crore to KVIC and all this will directly benefit the artisans registered with over 100 Khadi institutions across the country. These institutions are producing specialized materials like towels, sheeting cloth, bed sheets, towels, flag banner, sponge clothes, among others.
Air India will also purchase 1.10 lakh amenity kits worth Rs 4.19 crore for its business class, executive and international passengers.
According to Vinai Kumar Saxena, Chairman, KVIC, in these testing times, such large orders will bolster KVIC’s efforts towards creating employment for artisans, besides fulfilling the dream of ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat’.