The Narendra Modi-led NDA government is trying to fulfill the dreams of Mahatma Gandhi by launching schemes like Swachh Bharat Abhiyan and promoting khadi products, but the fortunes of the Khadi and Village Industries Board (KVIB) in Assam is in the doldrums. Due to the long term neglect of the previous government in the State, KVIB products saw a steep drop in sales last financial year.
The board registered a sale of Rs. 71,12,824.14 in the State in 2015-16, compared to Rs 94,82,278.02 in 2014-15.
It is believed that the prime reason for sharp drop in sales was due to mismanagement and non-promotion of khadi.
‘In 2013-14 the board registered a sale of Rs 91,49,886.85. In 2012-13 it was Rs 79,42,468.27 while in 2011-12 the sale amount was registered at Rs 77,04,797.40,’.
The khadi items include cotton, silk, woolens, polyester, village industries goods and saranjam goods.
During the last 15-year rule by the Congress government, there was minimum promotion of products made by the KVIB, leading to drop in sales. The board gains some importance only on Gandhi Jayanti, Independence Day and Republic Day.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has taken initiative in promoting khadi and other products made by the KVIB across the country. He has even given a clarion call ‘khadi for nation, khadi for fashion’ to promote the signature fabric of India.
The KVIB, established with the objective to promote khadi and village products, is now pinning hopes for a revival following the initiative taken by the Centre in general and the PM in particular. How the BJP-led alliance government in Assam promotes the khadi industry in the coming days will determine the fortunes of the KVIB here.