GUWAHATI: One of the major government organizations, the Assam Khadi and Village Industries Board (AKVIB) has its hands full creating Khadi tricolor flags ahead of the Republic day. The Khadi flags are in major demand in most of the government organizations and institutes.
AKVIB Marketing In-Charge, Bipul Hazarika commented that the demand for Khadi flags has increased since last year. “We had 9 sewing machines last year and this time we have 16. The demand has greatly increased and we have set a budget of 25 lakh. More than 15 lakh have already been collected as almost 7600 Khadi flags have been sewn.”
The tricolor Khadi flags are supplied to various outlets in Assam as most government offices place a direct order in AKVIB. Flag supplies are delivered to Arunachal Pradesh as well.
“With 16 women and 2 men staff, we started making the Khadi flags from December 1, 2108. Almost four big flags can be made by a single employee in one day. These Khadi flags are sold in 30 different outlets in various districts of Assam”, Hazarika commented.
The organization has created an incentive to hire female employees empowering them to earn their own keep. Pratima Barman from Nalbari has been working in AKVIB for the past 35 years and has declared that she is making almost 10 to 12 Khadi flags of different sizes for the Republic Day.
The Khadi flags come in different sizes and the price varies according to the size. Car flags are the most popular, where the biggest flag costs 530 rupees and are sold in Khadi outlets across the state.
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