KVIC's replica of Sabarmati Ashram at IITF
Amid Sabarmati Ashram themed stalls and melodious tune of Shehnai, the Union Minister of MSME, Nitin Gadkari inaugurated the Khadi Pavilion, at the India International Trade Fair (IITF) in New Delhi, in presence of Chairman, Khadi and Village Industries Commission(KVIC), Vinai Kumar Saxena and Secretary, MSME, Dr Arun Kumar Panda.
Commemorating the 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma, the Khadi Pavilion at the IITF has a bust of Mahatma Gandhi as a selfie point, showcases around 30 stalls of artisans, craftsmen, institutions and PMEGP units from all over the country, who are participating in this trade fair. KVIC has also arranged live demos of charkha, electric potter wheel, agarbatti making and other technological interventions for showcasing ease of doing business.
Speaking on the occasion Nitin Gadkari said, "Khadi is experiencing a transformation which was never seen before. Inclusive growth of village industries plays a key role in the development of the country. Various steps, such as promotion of pottery at railway stations, ban on import of agarbatti, ban on import of National Flag, new HS Code for 11 khadi products, etc, have been taken to ensure that the Indian Village Industry Products are promoted."
A wide range of products which includes food, handicrafts, leather, textiles and hosiery, readymade garments, wooden toys, cosmetics and herbal products offering a discount of up to 20% are being displayed in the Khadi Pavilion at IITF 2019.