Tribute to Mahatma Gandhi: Assam to gift khadi attire to employees

As a tribute to the Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi and his khadi movement, the Assam government has decided to gift khadi clothes to its employees from this month
Tribute to Mahatma Gandhi: Assam to gift khadi attire to employees
Sonowal during the meeting with state handloom and textiles minister and other officials of the department in Guwahati on Friday.File photo

GUWAHATI:

As a tribute to the Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi and his khadi movement, the Assam government has decided to gift khadi clothes to its employees from this month.

Khadi shirts, eri shawls and stoles, will be distributed among Grade IV male and female employees in a phased manner.

Chairing a meeting to expedite the process, Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal said they had taken the initiative in the genuine spirit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s call for Atmanirbhar Bharat and the state government’s series of activities for making Assam self-reliant.

Noting the steps taken by the state handloom and textiles department to implement the programme, Sonowal asked the state minister for handloom and textiles, Ranjit Dutta, to ensure its successful and expeditious implementation.

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“The government’s decision to gift khadi clothes to its employees will strengthen the khadi industry in the state. The move will empower local weavers as nearly 80,000 khadi shirts, stoles and shawls will be required to be manufactured or woven for the first phase distribution,” Sonowal said.

Terming khadi as the pride of the local industry, he said the promotion of the industry would endorse an ideology of self-reliance and empowerment of every man and woman.

Taking stock of the work of Assam Khadi and Village Industries Board, Sonowal reiterated the need for strengthening the board for giving khadi and village industries a fresh lease of life.

He said the government would also take steps for opening new outlets to sell khadi clothes.

(Edited by Andre Kongri)

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