Government sets Rs 60 crore target for sale of khadi products

Industries Minister A C Moideen on Thursday said the government is aiming to ensure `60 crore worth of khadi sales this year.

Published: 06th October 2017 01:17 AM  |   Last Updated: 06th October 2017 11:15 AM   |  A+A-

Industries Minister A C Moideen visiting the newly-opened Khadi Grama Soubhagya showroom inside KSRTC bus terminal in Thiruvananthapuram on Thursday. The showroom offers khadi products, including readymade shirts and sarees | Manu R Mavelil

By Express News Service

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Industries Minister A C Moideen on Thursday said the government is aiming to ensure `60 crore worth of khadi sales this year. Inaugurating the Khadi Grama Soubhagya showroom  at the KSRTC terminal here, he said khadi symbolised national pride and swaraj (self-rule). 

Moideen said the Khadi Movement had once provided employment to several thousand people.
He said the government will roll out measures to increase khadi sale and thereby generate more employment.

According to Moideen, bringing in cloth woven using the mechanised wheel from other states and selling it at a lower price had become a trend. But mechanisation will drastically affect the quality of khadi.  
Moideen said the government had started efforts to bring in small machines working on solar power to  improve volume of production.

M S Rajasree, principal, Barton Hill Engineering College made the first sale.  Khadi Village Industries Board vice chairman  M V Balakrishnan master, Thampanoor ward councillor  A V Jayalakshmi,  Planning Board Member  Mrudul Eapen and  Khadi  Village Industries  Board member  T V Baby attended.


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