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‘Khadi is a boon to rural India’

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KEEN INTEREST: Visitors looking at various products at the exhibition organised by Khadi and Village Insutries Commission in Mangalore which began on Monday.
KEEN INTEREST: Visitors looking at various products at the exhibition organised by Khadi and Village Insutries Commission in Mangalore which began on Monday.

Staff Correspondent

KVIC’s exhibition inaugurated

MANGALORE: Mahatma Gandhi’s dream of ushering in a khadi revolution at the height of Independence Movement was to bring about a sense of pride about Indian products and use it as a tool to empower rural India, said Assistant Commissioner Sameer Shukla. “Khadi has a vital role in empowering rural India even now,” he added.

Inaugurating the State-level exhibition of khadi and village industry products, organised by Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) here on Monday, Mr. Shukla said that success of khadi industry was proving to be a boon for rural India. “With nearly 65 per cent of population residing in rural areas, their empowerment is a good sign,” he said.

K. Mohan Raju, State director of the commission, said during 2006-07, 1,689 projects had been financed under Rural Employment Generation Programme and the commission, along with Khadi and Village Industries Board, provided Rs. 24.24 crore as margin money to these industries which resulted in creating employment to around 42,000 people. “KVIC will strive to host a khadi exhibition and a REGP exhibition here next year,” he said.

Product-range

Condiments, pickles, leather products, jute products and khadi-ware and a variety of products are on display at the exhibition.

Rajkumar, salesman with the Garag-based Nisarga Enterprises, said there was a steady flow of visitors. They were inquiring about varieties of condiments and pickles he had adored the stall with. Opposite his stall Muniya Gowda from Kolar who displays khadi shirts. A range of footwear and fancy wallets are on display at Bidar-based Pandari Chinthikoti’s stall.

P. Datta in a stall of “Reshmi”, a company in West Bengal, keeps busy replying to queries on the range of saris he has kept.

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