The Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) has received the second and largest order from the Red Cross Society of India (IRCS) for the supply of face masks. Under this order, KYC has to supply 10.5 lakh high-quality masks worth Rs 3.30 crore.
KVIC has received this order from the Indian Red Cross Society for the second time in less than a month. Earlier, KVIC received an order of 1.80 lakh face masks from the Red Cross Society, out of which 1.60 face masks have been supplied so far.
KVIC has recently received this new order of Rs 3.30 crore for the purchase of masks. Mask supplies will begin this week. KVIC will complete the supply of the first order within two days. The masks to be supplied under the new order will be the same as the masks from the previous order. KVIC has received the new order due to the previous order being on time and conforming to the standards.
Union Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Minister Nitin Gadkari lauded the efforts of KVIC in creating permanent employment in the country through mask-making activities. He said that while face masks have become the most effective protective item against corona disease prevention, on the other hand its production has created large scale employment for artisans.
The new order received by KVIC will give a lot of impetus to production activities at the local level as it will create around 50,000 additional working days for Khadi artisans. More than 1 lakh meters of handmade cotton Khadi fabric will be required for the implementation of this order, which will be supplied by Khadi institutions of different states. It will also promote spinning and weaving activities and thus it will create employment opportunities for artisans.
KVIC President Vinay Kumar Saxena while welcoming the new order from IRCS said,
“Charkha is the medium of economic freedom. Such large orders in this difficult time will ensure that spinning and weaving activities continue and remain a source of income for our Khadi artisans. ”
This is the largest order ever received by KVIC for supplying face masks. Earlier during the lockdown, the Jammu and Kashmir administration had purchased 7 lakh masks from KVIC. KVIC has been receiving repeated orders for purchasing masks on its e-portal from Rashtrapati Bhavan, Prime Minister’s Office, Central Government Ministries and the general public.
The masks for which supplies have been ordered by IRCS are to be made of 100 percent double-twist handcrafted cotton fabric in brown color with red piping. KVIC has designed these dual-level cotton face masks specifically for the Indian Red Cross Society.
The masks which have been given to the KVIC as a sample from IRCS have IRCS logo on the left and Khadi India tag on the right. Like other Khadi face masks, these masks can be washed and used again, as well as being skin-friendly and biologically perishable.