Union Minister for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Shri Narayan Rane inaugurated the Khadi Fest – 2022 Exhibition in Mumbai today. The Khadi Fest – 2022 has been organized by the Khadi and Village Industries Commission on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti and will be available till 1 November, 2022.
Khadi and Village Industries Commission has been organizing Khadi Fest every year to mark the birth anniversary of the Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi. However, this time the exhibition has been organized after a gap of two years.
After inaugurating the exhibition MSME Minister Shri Narayan Rane said such exhibitions organized KVIC facilitate Khadi and Village Industries Sellers to reach markets. “It is the result of such steps, that in year 2021-22, KVIC registered record exports of more than Rs.257.02 crore”, he said.
Shri Rane said “During the freedom struggle Mahatma Gandhi had started the Quit India Movement from Wardha and launched a campaign to make the country and society self-reliant”. He added that Our Prime Minister has also taken various initiates to make an Aatma Nirbhar Bharat and we should all support him in his initiative.
Reiterating Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi's mantra of ‘Employment from Khadi’, the MSME Minister appealed to citizens to visit the Khadi Exhibition in Mumbai and buy extensively. He said “Mumbai is the hub of economic activity; if people of Mumbai promote Khadi, Khadi can be established as a global brand”.
On this occasion, Shri Manoj Kumar Goel Chairman, Khadi and Village Industries Commission said that KVIC is an organization committed to fulfill Gandhiji’s dream of ‘Antyodaya’ (rise of the last person). “Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi stresses on ‘Har Haath Ko Kaam’; through its various schemes and programs, KVIC has promoted self-fmployment in the country”, he said.KVIC Chairman further requested people to buy hand-made items from our local artisans during the festive season.
MSME Minister and KVIC Chairman visited various stalls and interacted with the sellers. They inquired about their problems and assured all positive measures.In the Khadi Fest 2022 Exhibition, Prime Minister’s Employment Generation Programme units from various parts of the country affiliated to Khadi and Village Industries Commission are showcasing their products. Around 70 stalls of dry fruits, tea, coffee, beauty herbal and ayurvedic products, khadi silk, Pashmina, Madhubani fabric, honey products, hand paper products, home decor products, bamboo products, carpets, aloe vera products, leather products etc. have been put up.