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Vice President visits KVIC's stall

Khadi once again won the accolades from Vice President of India – M Venkaiah Naidu. On November 19, Naidu visited the exclusive stall of Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) at Ambedakar International Center, before chairing the Commemorative Event of 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, organised by FICCI – Aditya Birla CSR Centre for Excellence.

KVIC Chairman Vinai Kumar Saxena welcomed him with the shawl and momento there. On the inspiring event of commemorating 150th Birth Anniversary Celebrations of Rashtrapita Mahatma Gandhi, Venkaiah Naidu, Vice President of India presented a cheque of Rs 32, 00,000/– towards sponsorship of 202 Charkhas to V K Saxena, Chairman KVIC, in the presence of Rajashree Birla, wife of Aditya Birla.

The donation was sponsored by Aditya Birla Centre for Community Initiative and Rural Development under the auspices of FICCI.

Later, addressing the function, Naidu said that for Gandhi, Khadi was not just a political icon or a symbol of national pride, it was also a way to empower the rural economy.

"Today we see a disturbing trend of distress migration from rural to urban areas. Our rural economy is weak and fails to provide enough opportunities for livelihood. It is time India honors the Mahatma's wishes and goes back to its villages. Real growth will happen in India when we are able to empower rural India, especially our farmers, our weavers and our craftsmen," he said.

"As Gandhi himself said that the spinning-wheel represents the hope of the masses and the Charkha supplemented the agriculture of the villagers and gave it dignity, being the friend and solace of the rural women and keeping the villagers from idleness, I am extremely obliged by the generosity of the Aditya Birla Centre for Community Initiative and Rural Development, for donating Rs 32 lakh cheque to the KVIC family," said

Chairman KVIC.

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