Published On: Wed, Mar 9th, 2016

Khadi to be introduced Friday dressing for cental govt employees

New Delhi: The central government is planning to introduce Khadi as Friday dress code for cental government employees.

Sale of khadi products have increased by over 60 per cent after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s appeal to buy atleast one khadi garment.

Sale of khadi products have increased by over 60 per cent after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s appeal to buy atleast one khadi garment.

The employees at all levels, from the cabinet secretary to the lower paid staff members, may wear Khadi, the dress code on Friday in central government offices.

The BJP led Modi government is considering a plea from the Khadi and Village Industries Commission to appeal to employees to wear clothes made from the hand-spun fabric at least once a week as part of a plan to boost khadi production and benefit small weavers across the country.

Sources in the central government said the entire exercise would be voluntary but the idea is to increase Khadi sales.

“We are discussing this with the central government and we will make an appeal. Central government employees can wear it to work on just one day,” Khadi and Village Industries Commission chairman V K Saxena said.

“Even if everyone buys one khadi garment, imagine the rise in sales,” said an officer. The central government currently has around 35 lakh employees, which does not include the railways and defence personnel.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has emerged as a brand ambassador of sorts for khadi urging people to buy.

However, the issue of Khadi Friday dressing for central government employees may trigger a debate in central government offices.

According to our sources, the central government employees are not opposed to this plan, however, one would accept dress codes for students at the school level but not for government employees. In a free society, any dress code is not acceptable.

Inputs with TNN

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