In order to promote Swadeshi among the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF), Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) Wednesday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) for supply of 1.72 lakh cotton durries (carpets) every year. The agreement was signed by Deputy CEO KVIC and DIG, ITBP, in presence of KVIC Chairman Vinai Kumar Saxena and Additional Secretary (Home) Vivek Bhardwaj and other officials of CAPF.
The agreement has been signed for one year which will be renewed thereafter. The total value of 1.72 lakh durries is Rs 8.74 crore.
As per the specifications, KVIC will provide blue-colour durries of 1.98 x 1.07 meter size. The cotton durries will be produced by Khadi artisans in Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Punjab. The next products in the pipeline are Khadi blankets, bedsheets, pillow covers, pickles, honey, papad and cosmetics, among others.
KVIC Chairman termed the development as ‘historic’ saying this would not only encourage the use of Swadeshi products in our forces but also create large scale additional employment for Khadi artisans. “Providing best quality products to our jawans and timely delivery of consignment will be the top priority of KVIC. The purchase orders from the CAPFs is also a matter of pride for Khadi artisans who are serving country’s jawans in their own ways,” Saxena said.
KVIC developed the cotton durries as per the samples provided by ITBP and the same has been approved by agency. The cotton durries prepared by KVIC have also been certified by Northern India Textile Research Association (NITRA), a unit of the Textile Ministry recognised by the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research.
Earlier, on July 31, 2020, KVIC had signed an agreement with ITBP for supplying Kacchi Ghani mustard oil which has been successfully supplied. The ITBP is the nodal agency appointed by MHA for the procurement of provisions on behalf of all paramilitary forces.