KVIC bags orders worth Rs.12 cr from Air India, Raymond
Winning accolades for its quality and punctuality, the Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) had bagged repeat orders of nearly Rs 12 crores from Air India and Raymond Ltd.
Giving this information, KVIC chairman Vinai Kumar Saxena said that to promote the use of indigenous fabric and to increasing its sourcing from KVIC, national carrier Air India had decided to use natural and eco-friendly khadi products on its flights, and had placed an order worth nearly Rs 7.98 crore with KVIC for getting 65,500 units of amenity kits for its first class and business class passengers.
"The products will be supplied by Khadi Gramodyog Bhawan , a flagship retail unit of the KVIC. The orders are secured through competitive tendering and quality checks, thus upholding the value for price nature of Khadi and village industries products," Saxena said, adding, "Earlier in September 2016, the Air India had placed a big order for supplying 5.75 lakh khadi soap cakes at a cost of Rs 45 lakh with the commission. Prior to it, in June 2016, it had placed an order worth Rs 8 crore with KVIC to source 1.85 lakh units of amenity kits. Similarly, in December 2015, the Air India placed a trial order worth Rs1.21 crore to the KVIC for the supply of 25,000 units of amenity kits."
The KVIC had been asked to supply 65,500 kits in one month time to Air India. The kits includes Khadi hand sanitiser, Khadi moisturiser lotion, Khadi lemongrass, Khadi handmade soap, Khadi lip balm, Khadi rose face wash, essential oils, etc.
Not only that, the textile giant Raymond had also ordered 1,33,318 meters of khadi fabric from the KVIC. The order is worth nearly Rs 4 crores and is the largest ever order received by KVIC from any textile corporate giant. Earlier, Raymond has ordered 98,000 meters of khadi fabric from the KVIC worth over Rs 2 crores immediately after signing the agreement in December 2016 which was supplied before 31st March.
Saxena further informed that as per the agreement Raymond had to procure a minimum of Rs 2.5 crores worth of fabric every year. "But, pleased with our quality and punctuality, we are far ahead than our agreement terms. Artisans belonging to as many as 30 Khadi institutions, including 15 from Gujarat, eight from West Bengal, three from Jammu and Kashmir and one each from Delhi, Chhatisgarh, Haryana and Assam will be benefitted from this particular bulk order," he added.