Chairman of the Karnataka State Khadi Gramodyoga Sanghas’ Advisory Committee Patil Puttappa has said that efforts would be made to develop the Karnataka Khadi Gramodyoga Samyukta Sangha at Bengeri in Hubli as a model to the whole nation by utilising the funds allocated by the State. Addressing presspersons here on Thursday along with the convener of the advisory committee Umesh Baligar, president of the Samyukta Sangha K.B. Pattar and secretary H.N. Antin, Mr. Puttappa said that for the first time in 50 years the khadi sector had received an allocation of this size: Rs. 28 crore, in one go. Khadi sanghas in the State would thank the Chief Minister for the same, he said.

While the Chief Minister had allocated Rs. 16 crore for giving incentives to khadi workers and weavers, Rs. 11 crore was earmarked for reviving the ailing khadi sanghas. In addition he had announced Rs. 1 crore for the modernisation of the National Flag Manufacturing Unit at Bengeri in Hubli, the only authorised flag production centre in the country. The federation of khadi sanghas was planning to hold a convention of khadi workers and weavers in September. It would felicitate the Chief Minister for his help. Mr. Puttappa said that there was a lot of work ahead to revive the khadi sanghas and strengthen the khadi industry. The advisory committee had already proposed several measures towards the same. The committee, comprising veteran Gandhians and freedom fighters, had suggested setting up four more flag manufacturing units in the State and taking effective measures to curb the ‘fake khadi’ menace.

“Apart from bringing khadi workers and weavers under the Yeshaswini scheme, they also need housing. Ministers Prakash Hukkeri and H.K. Patil have responded positively to our request and promised to take the requisite steps,” Mr. Baligar said.

‘Apart from bringing khadi workers and weavers under Yeshaswini scheme, they must also be given housing’