GUWAHATI, Oct 2: In a bid to revive the dying Assam Khadi and Gramodyog Board, Assam government has decided to gift Khadi clothes to all government employees from the next fiscal, Assam finance minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said here on the sidelines of the 148th Gandhi Jayanti programme in Guwahati. Sarma said the state government has asked the Assam Khadi and Gramodyog Board to execute the plan.
“I think this will also help in reviving the dying Khadi Board. If the Board can execute this properly, we can also think of making school uniforms of Khadi cloth,” Sarma said.
“We will gift two sets of Khadi shirt to men and salwar or mekhela chador to women employees. However, there would not to be any compulsory directive to the employees to wear Khadi clothes,” Sarma also said.
“The gifts will hopefully be given to the employees before Rongali Bihu. For it, the state government would likely to bear an expenditure of Rs 12 crore. The government has already allocated Rs 5 crore to the Board,” he also said.
Stressing on Gandhi’s dream of the spinning and weaving movement that was elevated to an ideology for self-reliance, the minister said that it was for economic, culture and social reasons and not merely political that Bapuji established the Khadi Movement.
Assam Khadi and Gramodyog Board chairman Dr Kamala Kalita; CEO Kabita Deka; director Meghna Hazarika and freedom fighter Bhubaneswar Barman were also present in the meeting.
An all religion prayer session was also organised to mark the occasion.