SME Times News Bureau | 20 Jul, 2018
Prabhu on Thursday said
that promoting Khadi
will not only boost India's economic growth, but also create new
a video message at the conclave on 'Taking KHADI: Local to
Global' organized by FICCI, jointly
with IIFT and IamKhadi, Prabhu said that the government
aims to promote Khadi as a global fabric, and therefore, new designs,
styles, promotion and adoption of Khadi are essential. To ensure
this, district level development is key, which in turn will promote
the economic growth.
said that 6 districts in 5 states have been identified and taken up
as pilot project, adding, "imagine if all districts start
growing at 3% more than normal, India’s GDP will be more than 3% of
what it is today."
Vardhan Chaturvedi, DGFT, Ministry of Commerce & Industry said
that Khadi sector employs 80 lakh people and government assistance
and promotions can provide once-in-a-while push, but the long-term
sustainability requires inherent demand.
added that there is huge opportunity for Indian fashion industry in
textile sector, both in domestic and international market, and Khadi
needs to create demand.
Lohani, Chairman, Indian Railway Board said that there is a need to
make Khadi a symbol of national pride.
added that the railways on a daily basis requires four lakh bedrolls
and would be willing to partner with KVIC in developing a strategy to
provide disposable khadi bedrolls and towels at economical rates.
K Saxena, Chairman, KVIC (Khadi & Village Industries Commission,
Ministry of MSME, Govt. of India) said that Khadi has the capacity to
provide employment at a very low cost, adding that it is also an
environment-friendly fabric. "Khadi is not a commercial tool.
The objective of KVIC is to create employment through promoting
further added that KVIC has joined hands with corporates and has
launched Khadi Corners to make its reach wider.
Mohan Joshi, Project Leader, IIFT said that khadi can also be a
global brand, however, it needs correct marketing strategy to boost
Garodia Gupta, Chairperson, MSME Committee, FICCI in her address
suggesting ways for strengthening khadi, said that the Government can
help create artisan online directory and Indian railways can help
showcase local products and craft through the kiosks at every
on the output derived out of discussions from across various
stakeholders from weavers to artisan to designers, design institutes,
Corporates, PSUs, etc a strategy document towards enhancing Khadi
exports by 2020 will be prepared, added Tamanna
Co-ordinator at IIFT.