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KVIC to take action against companies selling fake PPE kits under ‘Khadi India’ brand

May 5, 2020

The Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) is planning to take legal action against companies selling personal protective equipment (PPE) kits by using fake ‘Khadi India' brand name.

KVIC to take action against companies selling fake PPE kits - KVIC

KVIC has issued a clarification stating that it has not launched any PPE kits in the market and all equipment sold with the brand name ‘Khadi India’ is fake.
The commission said that it specifically uses double-twisted hand-spun, hand-woven khadi fabric for its products, and hence, the kits made of non-woven material like polyester and polypropylene are neither khadi products nor KVIC-approved products.

"The KVIC has not launched any PPE kit or outsourced it to any private agency. Selling PPE kits fraudulently in the name of ''Khadi India'' is illegal. At the same time, they pose a grave risk to the safety of our doctors, diagnostic and paramedic staff who are dealing with cases of corona disease on a routine basis,” KVIC Chairman Vinai Kumar Saxena said in a statement.
However, KVIC also stated that it has already developed a PPE kit made of khadi fabric which is at various levels of testing.
KVIC had earlier developed a double-layered khadi mask and procured orders for its supply from across the country.

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