Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) has received a supply order of 1.91 lakh Khadi cotton durries (Indian carpets) worth Rs 10 crore for paramilitary forces. The order has been received from Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), the nodal agency for procuring provisions on behalf of all paramilitary forces in India. It follows an agreement signed between KVIC and ITBP for supplying durries on January 6, this year.
The development comes in wake of the Swadeshi push in Central Armed Police Forces by the Government of India.
As per the specifications, KVIC will provide blue-colour durries of 1.98-meter length and 1.07-meter width. The cotton durries will be produced by Khadi institutions in Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Rajasthan and Punjab. An estimated 1.75 lakh man-days of additional work for the Khadi artisans will be created by this purchase order alone. This is for the first time KVIC is supplying durries to the paramilitary forces.
Out of the 1.91 lakh durries, 51,000 will be supplied to ITBP; 59,500 to Border Security Force (BSF); 42,700 to Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) and 37,700 to Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB). The supply order will be completed by November this year. The cotton durries prepared by KVIC have been certified by the Northern India Textile Research Association (NITRA), a unit of the Ministry of Textile.
Vinai Kumar Saxena, Chairman, Khadi and Village Industries Commission, said, “This order from ITBP is a testimony of Khadi’s popularity among the forces owing to its high-quality standards. KVIC is regularly supplying large quantity kachchi ghani mustard oil to the forces.”
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