Khadi fabric has seen a huge jump -– 8.49 per cent to be precise -– in the total textile mill production in the five-year period 2014-19. This is according to Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC).
The total mill fabric production might have dropped from 2,486 million square metres in 2014-15 to 2,012 million square metres in 2018-19, but the production of Khadi has seen a steady rise from 4.23 per cent of the overall textiles production to 8.49 per cent in the last fiscal year.
This rise in production could be owing to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s call to adopt the indigenous fabric of Khadi, pointed KVIC Chairman Vinai Kumar Saxena.
More on the same, he added “It is encouraging for us that rise in the share of Khadi production in the textiles sector in the last 5 years has gone from 4.23 per cent to 8.49 per cent, which is twice of what it was in 2014. While from 1956 to 2013-14, the Khadi sector fabric production could reach the figure of 105.38 million square metres, in the last five years (from 2014-15 to 2018-19) it produced another 65.42 square million metres,” he said.
In the recent years, the MSME Ministry and KVIC have paid attention to the needs of the artisans by introducing new policies. This has attracted a large number of workers in this direction, thus enabling such a tremendous growth in the production of this fabric.
“We started registration of new Khadi institutions for widening the scope for employment as well as revival of defunct Khadi institutions, consequently increasing the number of artisans to 4,94,684. Not only that, the KVIC had also laid stress on many artisan-centric programmes since 2015 like distribution of 32,000 New Model Charkhas and 5,600 modern looms,” Saxena added.