National Khadi festival launched in Mumbai to popularise khadi
The Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) has organised a National Khadi festival with an aim to further popularise khadi in the country and generate employment in the sector.
The month-long festival was inaugurated on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti (Mahatma Gandhi’s birth anniversary) by Union Minister for MSME Giriraj Singh. The festival is currently underway at Gramodaya, Vile Parle in Mumbai
The main objective of the festival is to promote the products of cottage industry and create awareness regarding the art of various states. The festival also aims to provide employment to weavers and workers who are involved in the cottage industry.
Commenting on the festival, Union MSME Minister, Giriraj Singh in a statement said, “The government has succeeded in taking the message of Khadi to various nations across the world, starting with fifty countries in the first stage. Khadi is a way to address the challenge of unemployment. It is a sustainable means of creating revenue for India's villages.”
Around 100 khadi institutions from different states will be participating in the event. Various types of Khadi products like silk sarees, dress material, kurtas, jackets, bedsheets, carpets, art and handicraft products will be available at the festival.
With such initiatives, the sale of khadi products has been soaring over the years. In the last financial year, the khadi and village industries products in India increased to Rs 59,098 crore over Rs 52,138 crore it has posted in the fiscal year 2016-17
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