Mumbai: In a major initiative, Union Home Minister Amit Shah has directed the Director-Generals (DGs) of all paramilitary forces to switch over to khadi fabrics, and use village industries products in their staff canteens, a top official said here on Saturday.
The move came after several meetings between the Khadi Village Industries Commission (KVIC) and representatives of various paramilitary forces in the country, said KVIC Chairman V.K. Saxena.
The meetings, conducted in the past couple of weeks, have practically reached the finalization stage and KVIC has handed over khadi samples for cotton and woolen uniforms, blankets, camouflage gear, and canteen stocks to the para-militaries for their approval.
Besides khadi uniforms, the KVIC plans to offer a range of its famed village products like pickles, papads, honey, soaps and detergents, shampoos, cleaners, tea, mustard oil, etc. for the canteens. “The sample we developed for the camouflage fabric was not only liked by at least one of the paramilitary forces, but it was found considerably superior to the existing ones they use,” Saxena said proudly.
He expects that Shah’s initiative will help double the KVIC’s annual turnover – currently standing at around Rs.75,000 crore – and also create millions of additional man-hours employment for the artisans to weave millions of metres of khadi fabrics for the different paramilitary forces. (IANS)