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KSIC to step up production of silk saris to meet demand

Taking stock: S.R. Mahesh, Minister for Tourism and Sericulture, visiting the KSIC silk factory in Mysuru on Wednesday.

Taking stock: S.R. Mahesh, Minister for Tourism and Sericulture, visiting the KSIC silk factory in Mysuru on Wednesday.  

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It produces about 80,000 to 85,000 saris every year and that is not enough

The State-owned Karnataka Silk Industries Corporation (KSIC), which enjoys a reputation of manufacturing pure silk saris, will be stepping up its production to meet the growing demand.

KSIC is presently producing about 80,000 to 85,000 saris every year, which is not enough to meet the demand. “Hence, we have taken steps to produce an additional 30,000 to 35,000 saris. An additional investment of ₹25 crore has been made to increase the production, which is likely to start in about two to three months,” Minister for Tourism and Sericulture S.R. Mahesh told presspersons in Mysuru on Wednesday.

In view of the complaints of the sale of spurious silk saris in the name of Mysore Silk, Mr. Mahesh said the government would up the issue seriously and constitute a team that will raid premises suspected of indulging in such activities and take necessary action under law.

Mr. Mahesh said the government was planning to include the KSIC silk factory as well as Suttur Srikshetra on the tourist map of Mysuru.

Tourists visiting the factory can also purchase genuine Mysore silk saris here. KSIC is planning to open its outlets at Tourism Department-owned hotels in Mysuru to give tourists more options to purchase genuine Mysore silk saris.

In view of KSIC making profits, Mr. Mahesh said he was discussing a proposal to reduce the price of silk saris and make them more affordable to the people with officials. “I am discussing whether we can reduce the price by decreasing the margin of our profit,” he said.

After receiving an order from Air India, KSIC had delivered about 10,000 silk saris, ostensibly for the air hostesses. “We have delivered the 10,000 saris for which Air India had placed an order. We are ready to provide them with more saris if ordered,” Mr. Mahesh added.

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