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World’s largest charkha unveiled at Delhi’s IGI airport

The world’s largest Charkha was unveiled at the Terminal 3 of the Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGI) in New Delhi.

It was unveiled by the Union Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Minister Kalraj Mishra to remind India’s timeless heritage and the values of sustainability and harmony that it stands for.

Features: The Charkha made from high-quality Burma teak wood. It weighs four-tones and is 9 feet wide, 17 feet tall and 30 feet long.

Background

  • The Charkha is considered as a symbol of Gandhian values. It also highlight India’s quest to foster an egalitarian society as demonstrated by Mahatma Gandhi, the father of the nation
  • It is also considered as a symbol of India’s glorious heritage and an inspiring reminder of freedom struggle led by Mahatma Gandhi.
  • It also represents self-sufficiency, Swadeshi and interdependence because the wheel is at the centre of a network of cotton growers, weavers, distributors and users.

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Gujarat Government launches special Khadi Utsav in Ahmedabad

Gujarat Government has launched a special Khadi Utsav in Ahmedabad to promote khadi on the occasion of Mahatma Gandhi’s 146th birth anniversary.

This utsav seeks to create an aggressive marketing drive in order to promote Khadi in the young generation.

The main aim of this Khadi Utsav is to introduce wide range of khadi apparels both for men and women. It also seeks to promote new styles that include Modi kurtas and jackets.

To promote Khadi, state Government has announced a special 25 per cent discount on all khadi products manufactured in Gujarat, while 15 per cent rebate on Khadi produced in other state.

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Arun Kumar Jha appointed CEO of Khadi and Village Industries Commission

Arun Kumar Jha on 10 April 2015 was appointed as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC), Mumbai.

Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) has appointed him to the post of CEO (Joint Secretary level post) in order to balance period of his overall 5 year tenure up to September 2016.

Jha is a 1985-batch officer of Indian Economics Service (IES). Presently, he is working as Director General of National Institute of Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development (NIESBUD).

About Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC)

  • KVIC is a statutory body formed under the Khadi and Village Industries Commission Act, 1956.
  • It is an apex organization under the aegis of Union Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises.
  • KVIC seeks to establish and develop khadi and village industries in the rural areas by assisting, planning and promoting them.

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