Honorable Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot said that Khadi Eradicates
Differences between rich and poor, caste and religion. He said that Khadi
embodied the principles of truth, non-violence and simplicity of the Father of
the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi. All of us should come forward to promote Khadi and
the younger generation should also connect with it.
Gehlot was addressing the inaugural session of the two-day
International Conference on Globalization of Khadi at Harishchandra Mathur
State Public Training Institute on Thursday. He said that Khadi is not just
clothing but a reason for self-respect and dignity. This international
conference on Khadi will create interest in the new generation towards Khadi
and Khadi will get a new identity. He said that whatever suggestions will come
in this two-day conference, the state government will make every effort to
The Chief Minister said that besides being a major medium of
employment for rural areas, Khadi is also a major source of women empowerment.
He said that to promote Khadi and Khadi institutions, the state government
decided to give 50 percent discount on Khadi garments in Rajasthan, which has
shown encouraging results.
Honorable Chief Minister said that the interest of new
generation in institutions working in the field of Khadi is a rarity nowadays.
Today employment in villages is decreasing and the number of weavers and spinners
is also decreasing continuously. In such a situation, state government will try
and support with such schemes which will promote employment and increase the
number of weavers. It should be our endeavor that the new generation be
connected with Khadi. He said that the purpose of Gandhiji’s 150th birth
anniversary program, which is organized in the state by October 2, 2020, is that
Gandhi’s ideas reach maximum people and the youth to be inspired.
Industry Minister Shri Parsadi Lal Meena said that the Chief
Minister has a special affection for Gandhiji and Khadi. This is the first time
in the state that 50 percent discount has been given on Khadi textiles. He said
that it is the effort of the government is to prepare new weavers and spinners
to make new generation understand the importance of Khadi.
Chief Secretary Shri DB Gupta said that Khadi’s relationship
is connected with our history and traditions. Mahatma Gandhi, the Father of the
Nation, made Khadi and independence complement each other. In order to promote Khadi,
we must adapt khadi so that it can compete with latest fashion clothing.
Additional Chief Secretary Industries Shri Subodh Agrawal
said that to promote Khadi, the state government has increased the revolving
fund from Rs 3 crore to Rs 10 crore. Khadi Plaza is being constructed at
Bikaner. Also, efforts are being made to use online companies’ platforms for
branding and marketing of Khadi. Our
effort is to reach at the grass-root level and encourage the spinners and
artisans. The transformative Amber Charkha produces eight strings to produce
maximum with minimum efforts as compared to one string by traditional Charkha.
Under the Management Development Assistance (MDA) scheme, organisations which
promote spinners, artisans and workers, will be rewarded with additional
Former chairman of the Khadi and Village Industries
Commission, Mr. Laxmidas said that Khadi’s position is like the Sun in the
constellation of 14 creative works of Gandhiji. Member, non-executive board
member of Khadi CIC, London, Jo Salter said people often want to know who
prepares the clothes they wear. Our effort is to promote those who make Khadi
clothes. Shalini Seth Amin, founder of
Moral Fiber Fabrics, said that Khadi fabrics promote environment protection.
Today, we need to increase the production of Khadi.
Chairman of Gram Bharti Samiti, Mr. Bhavani Shankar Kusum
said that the tradition of cotton cloth is coming from the time of Indus
civilization. Gandhiji gave Khadi a new dimension and today it has reached the
international stage. Renowned fashion designer Ritu Beri said that Khadi is
making a mark as a global fabric. It is a symbol of social equality.
Giving a welcome address, CII Rajasthan’s Chairman Mr. Anand
Mishra said that to recognize Khadi internationally, work must also be done on
enhancing its quality along with production capacity.
On this occasion, the Chief Minister also inaugurated website
of Khadi CIC London. Convenor of the conference Shri GS Bafna proposed a vote
of thanks. The event was attended by eminent personalities, designers, weavers
associated with Khadi institutions and weavers and other dignitaries including spinners.