The Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) has bagged orders running into crores of rupees for supply of Khadi items from private sector as well as government agencies including hospitals and railways during the past six months, according to commission sources.
Major orders include supply of goods to 23 central government hospitals (Rs 150 crore), ONGC (Rs 52 crore), railways (Rs 42 crore), Air India (Rs 11 crore) and JK White Cement (Rs 17 lakh), commission’s chairman, Mr. VK Saxena said in a statement today.
Besides, it has also secured order supply of 23,000 silk jackets worth Rs. 5 crore from NTPC.
“Since the Narendra Modi government came to power, KVIC has got largest-ever order from the ministry of health on February 16,” Mr. Saxena said, adding the organization will supply 46 Khadi products to 23 central government hospitals and medical research institutions across the country, such as AIMS, PGIMER, NIMHANS and AIIHPH.
“This is the largest institutional order for the commission,” he said while appreciating the interest shown by unionhealth minister, J P Nadda in promoting khadi products.
The list of items to be supplied by KVIC to hospitals was finalized based on the recommendation of a committee set up by the health ministry following a meeting between Mr.Saxena and Mr. Nadda in November last year.
The sale of khadi products was at Rs 1,510 crore last year and is projected to grow 35 per cent in the current financial year. Sales have boomed over the last few years as the government has pushed khadi products.
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