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After Goa, Manipur govt asks staff to wear khadi once a week

In a move aimed at promoting Khadi, the Manipur government has appealed to all its functionaries and employees to wear khadi voluntarily at least once a week preferably every Friday. The move has come after Goa government first asked its employees to don khadi-made products one in a week.

This appeal came after a sustained campaign launched  by Khadi and Village Industries Commission 
(KVIC) in generating rural employment for weavers and artisans and in sustaining their livelihood at a time when factory-spun contemporary casual clothing has taken over the imagination of all. 

“KVIC views khadi as an instrument to augment income and employment generating potential of rural economy as part of India’s overall growth story”, said VK Saxena, the KVIC Chairman. 

Manipur’s Commerce & Industry Commissioner Vivek Kumar Dewangan, in a circular to all departments said, “Khadi is a hand-woven, hand spun, skin-friendly fabric, cool in summer and warm in winter. Thus this appeal to the functionaries and employees of the Manipur government is to recognise the quality and wholesome value of khadi and wear once in week preferably every Friday.”
Last week Goa government too had asked its employees to ‘voluntarily’ wear khadi once every week to encourage more people to wear a fabric that is cool answer to linen in all climates.

“Unlike synthetic materials, khadi protects the skin and is cool in summer and warm in winter. The appeal of Manipur and Goa governments therefore recognises this fact of the wholesome nature of khadi,” Saxena said.

The initiatives of both the states are aimed at encouraging the use of khadi in a big way as the fabric is linked to India’s growing ‘village’ economy, an economy which once had sustained this nation to be self-sufficient and self-contained, the KVIC chairman said.
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