Its a proud moment for every Odia as Odisha Khadi and Village Industries Board (OKVIB) has decided to promote production of National Flag through khadi industries in a big way.The huge demand of National Flag in Odisha as well as other parts of the country will be cattered by the establishment of flag manufacturing units through individual entrepreneurship, khadi clusters and women SHG groups to cater. Existing khadi industries and establishments will also be encouraged to diversify into flag making.
After Maharastra and Karnataka , Odisha is going to be the 3rd state to manufacture the great Indian National Flag from next year .President Tejeswar Parida said – The KVIB will provide all kind of support required for infrastructure and equipment upgradation as well as marketing of the products across the country. It will also assist in BIS certification of the flag making units .The Flag Code of India mandates that the National Flag should be made of handspun, handwoven cotton, silk or wool khadi bunting. Khadi flags are set for a major boost with the Union Home Ministry imposing a ban on production and use of plastic flags on any occasion.
The Khadi Board has has already started with a “Tiranga Mela”, an exhibition on National Flag. The exhibition, inaugurated by advisor of Odisha State Planning Board Rabindra Narayan Das, showcases all types of flags made of khadi. The flags are made by Karnataka Khadi Gramodyog Federation, Hubli, Karnataka and Marathwada Khadi Gramodyog Sangh, Nanded, Maharashtra.The exhibition will continue till August 15, not only showcasing flags but also disseminating information on proper use, handling and disposal under the Flag Code. Most of the people are not aware of the rules of using National Flag.On the special occasion , The OKVIB also launched three new products – a Sugarfree Chattua, arisa pitha and neem wood Jagannath idols .
The Board also announced that it would host an interactive programme “Gandhi Katha” to make the youth aware of Gandhian philosophy and ideals. Organised once in every month, the programme would have Gandhian leaders interacting with youngsters on the life, philosophy and path laid by Gandhiji.