The share of khadi fabric in India’s textile production doubled to 8.49 per cent in five years. While the mill fabric production was 2,012 mn sq mtr and 2,486 mn sq mtr in 2018-19 and 2014-15 respectively, khadi fabric production was 170.80 mn sq mtr and 105.38 mn sq mtr in the respective fiscals, the Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) said.
KVIC Chairman Vinai Kumar Saxena from 1956 to 2013-14, khadi fabric production reached 105.38 mn sq mtr. In the last five years, India produced another 65.42 mn sq mtr. The number of khadi artisans has risen to 4,94,684, a news agency quoted Saxena as saying. KVIC had also laid stress on many artisan-centric programmes since 2015 like distribution of 32,000 New Model Charkhas and 5,600 modern looms,” he added.