As the Ministry of Commerce and Industries lifted the ban on export of non-medical/ non-surgical masks of all types, now Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) is looking at exporting Khadi face masks to countries like the USA, Dubai, Mauritius, several European and Middle East countries through the Indian embassies.
- In this regard, KVIC has already developed double layered cotton masks and triple-layered silk face masks. If this came to effect then it will be a perfect example of “local the global”, a call in wake of AtmaNirbhar Bharat Abhiyan .
- The export of Khadi masks required an increase in production which ultimately create large scale employment opportunity for artisans in India.
Specialty of Khadi mask
- It is using double twisted khadi fabric for manufacturing these masks as it helps retain moisture content inside and provides easy passage for the air to pass through.
- Cotton acts as a mechanical barrier while silk is an electrostatic barrier.
- These masks are cost effective, breathable, reusable and biodegradable.
Orders to KVIC
The KVIC has so far received orders to supply 8 lakh masks, of which, it has supplied more than 6 lakh masks during the lockdown period. The order for these masks was received from the Rashtrapati Bhavan, Prime Minister’s Office, Central Government ministries, J&K government and the general public. Over 7.5 lakh Khadi masks have been distributed free to the District Authorities by Khadi Institutions across the country.
Chairman– Vinai Kumar Saxena
Headquarter– Mumbai, Maharashtra