Eco-friendly natural cloth: Khadi

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Rajkot, Oct 1 (UNI) In view of the increasing demand of 'Cotton' fabrics, the Saurashtra Rachnatmak Samiti, engaged in Khadi Udyog, has brought out various designs in Khadi for both young and old.

On the eve of 'Gandhi Jayanti', Saurashtra Rachnatmak Samiti Chairman Hitendra Desai while addressing mediapersons here today said that Gandhiji elevated the fragile thread of cotton to a symbol of strength and self-sufficiency.

On the special occasion, the organisers have offered a rebate of 30 per cent on Khadi products which will commence from tomorrow for 108 days, Mr Desai added.

The hand-spun cotton, known as Khadi is of special significance to Indians. Many rural men and women are engaged in the making of Khadi which is a comfortable and eco-freindly natural cloth.

Mr Desai said Khadi fabrics are elegant and come in various attractive designs. For the latest designs, the services of three National lnstitute of Design have been used keeping in mind the changing scenario.

The Khadi and Village Industries Board, with its mission to uplift the rural poor, is providing financial assistance for the establishment of rural industries as per the approved norms of KVIC, Mr Desai said.

A Scheme of Fund for Regeneration of Traditional Industries (SFURTI) of Central Government will be introduced in ten villages of the Surendranagar district, Mr Desai informed.

A survey is being carried out by the Saurashtra Rachnatmak Samiti in 20 villages of the Surendranagar district and ten of them will be selected after reviewing the report of the survey under the SFURTI scheme. With the help of local bodies like village and town panchayats, rural artisans will be trained in various skillful tasks and proper infrastructure will be provided to the said villages to help build a strong rural economy under the SFURTI scheme.

Gujarat Governor Naval Kishore Sharma will inaugurate the implementation of SFURTI scheme on October 7 here, Mr Desai added.

UNI

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