Khadi Outlets In India To Sell Products Made By Tihar Jail Inmates
Step into a Khadi outlets, and you will soon find the products made by the inmates from Tihar jail. Products made by the inmates of Tihar and other jails would soon be on the shelves of Khadi outlets across the country. The items might include the ready-made garments, home furnishings, handloom, blankets, furniture items, and stationery items.
Giriraj Singh, the Minister of State for the Micro Small & Medium Enterprises and Vinay Kumar Saxena, the Chairman in Khadi & Village Industries Commission (KVIC) have chalked out a new plan to provide specialized training to the inmates.
“We believe that in providing a sales platform to the products made in prisons would result in an individual transformation and also a social inclusivity in their remission. We would start selling the products made by inmates in Tihar and Gurgaon jails in the Khadi outlets. Going forward, we would also sell the products sourced from other prisons,” said KVIC Chairman V K Saxena.”
He also added that products would also be sourced from other jails and not just from Tihar. The aim of this move is to engage the prisoners in the positive activities during their incarceration at the prison. The choice was taken at the KVIC meeting at Sabarmati Ashram on 27 February.
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The top brass of KVIC has also decided to increase the wages of the spinners and revive the defunct Khadi institutions and to cater the growing demand for the indigenous fabric. “We have also decided to increase the remuneration per hank from the existing ₹ 5.50 to ₹ 7.00 which will be active from 1 April 2017,” Saxena said.
KVIC would enforce the wage increase through all the Khadi institutions alike and would also recommend the withholding of MDA (Market Development Assistance) to those institutions which do not implement the decision. Saxena said that the Commission also took a decision to revive expired Khadi institutions and individuals involved with the State Directorates would be given incentives for their revival efforts.
“KVIC is now faced with an immediate requirement to increase the Khadi product in India, owing to the Prime Minister vision that the product needs to be increased from its current level of ₹ 1,065 crore to ₹ 5,000 crores in two years,” Saxena said.
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He also added that upon an assessment of the competitive success secured by concerned individuals of State Directorates, the Commission might also decide to award salary increment(s) and other forms of appropriate incentives.