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Government of India
Ministry of Micro,Small & Medium Enterprises
10-December-2010 16:50 IST
Khadi Research Centre in Gujarat
Based on a preliminary study carried out by Khadi and village Industries Commission (KVIC) through its State Office at Ahmedabad and consultations held with Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Rural Industrialisation(MGIRI), Wardha, Maharashtra and other stakeholders, setting up of a Khadi Research & Development Centre for Khadi technology in Gujarat as an extension centre of MGIRI with Gujarat Khadi Gramodyog Mandal, Ahmedabad as regional partner is under consideration of KVIC. The Centre is expected to provide services for design development of khadi, quality testing and technological guidance to khadi institutions in Gujarat as well as nearby states. The details of project cost are under consideration of KVIC.

KVIC has finalised Rate Contract (RC) with Directorate General for Supplies and Disposals (DGS&D) for supply of KVI items to the Government departments. Presently 26 items under Khadi are under RC. Different Government departments including Defence, Railways, etc. have been requested to use khadi items in order to support the khadi sector. Ministry of Commerce (Department of Supply), Ministry of Industry, Ministry of Defence, Ministry of Railways have issued internal notifications/circulars from time to time for the use and purchase of Khadi & VI products. Many State Governments have also issued notifications to purchase Khadi/Handloom items.

The Ministry of Rural Development has been requested to consider the inclusion of khadi activities in the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act to give a boost to production and providing gainful employment.

This information was given by the Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, Shri Dinsha Patel in a written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha today.



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