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After 30 years’ of demand, KVIC’s divisional office inaugurated at Hubbali

KVIC Chairman Vinai Kumar Saxena, who presided over both the functions, said that the inauguration of new divisional office would certainly boost the morale of institutional representatives.

By PPFI Team

Febuary 25, 2018

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s love for Khadi has a nationwide impact, it seems! And, now it was a turn of Karnataka, where the demand of opening a divisional office of Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) in Hubbali – lying pending since last 30-odd years – was finally fulfilled on Saturday, when Union Minister of State for Ministry of Drinking Water & Sanitation Ramesh Chandappa Jigajinagi inaugurated KVIC’s divisional office at Bengari in Hubbali, followed by a grand conclave ‘Khadi Artisans Sammelan’ of more than 6000 Khadi artisans across the state.

In his inaugural address, the minister said that the central government is committed to safeguard the interest of weavers and has released Rs 32.28 crore for khadi institutions in the state. Hailing the KVIC for releasing 100 percent of grants, he said, “It was a great day for the weavers and spinners of Karnataka as this state has produced Khadi products worth Rs 135 crore and of them products worth Rs 109 crore have been sold.”

KVIC Chairman Vinai Kumar Saxena, who presided over both the functions, said that the inauguration of new divisional office would certainly boost the morale of institutional representatives. “It was a rare sight to witness such gala event, when more than 6,000 ‘pairs of golden hands’ took part at a conclave under a single roof.

The new divisional office will certainly accelerate the Khadi activities in the entire region, consisting of Bagalkote, Belagavi, Bellary, Bidar, Vijayapura, Dharwad, Gadag, Kalaburgi, Haveri, Koppal, Raichur, Uttara Kannada and Yadagiri,” he said, adding, “The new divisional office will look after 31 number of directly aided institutions, 48 State Khadi & V.I. Board Aided Institutions are working and implementing the programmes. Besides creating more job opportunities, it will also give chance to earn more for the artisans of the area.”

Hailing Karnataka Cotton Khadi for being only authorized fabric for manufacturing the National Flag – as per the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) norms, Mr Saxena said that only Karnataka Khadi could meet the standards of prescribed by BIS. “The BIS allotted number IS-1 (1968) for National Flag and the standards prescribed are very minute and stringent as to dimension, count of yarn, colours, colour fastness and even number of stitches per inch. It is a matter of pride that the Karnataka Khadi has become a synonym to our tricolour,” he further said.

The adroit weavers and spinners aging from 50 to 94 years were also felicitated at this grand Khadi Artisans Sammelan. Karnataka’s leader of Opposition Jagadish Shettar said that the cotton grown in the state is of superior quality.

Among other dignitaries, who attended and addressed this conclave, were Dharwad MP Prahlad V Joshi, Hubbali Mayor D K Chavan, Karnataka Khadi and VI Board chairman Yaluvahalli N Ramesh, KKGSS (Fed) chairman and former MP Dr Patil Puttappa and KVIC chief executive officer Preeta Verma.

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