New Delhi, Aug 1: Taking another step towards making India “Aatmanirbhar”, the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) on Friday signed an agreement with the Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) to procure a variety of 'swadeshi' and 'khadi' goods.
KVIC and ITBP signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for a period of one year which will be renewed further. It was signed by VK Nagar, Director, KVIC and Rama Kant Sharma, DIG, ITBP in presence of KVIC Chairman, Vinai Kumar Saxena.
The ITBP will soon place an order for a supply of 1200 quintals of high quality kacchi ghani mustard oil which will be supplied by KVIC through its PMEGP units in a month’s time. The next products in the pipeline are cotton mats (Dari), blankets, bedsheets, pillow covers, pickles, honey, papad, and cosmetics, etc. The total value of oil and dari will be approximately Rs 18 crore.
Meanwhile, the KVIC recently supplied products like honey, pickles, edible oils, agarbatti, papad, amla candy, and cotton towels, etc. to CAPF canteens on a trial basis. Further, a list of 63 new products is being prepared for adding in the supply basket.
As per a statement of KVIV, the development comes in wake of the instructions of Union Home Minister Amit Shah to the paramilitary forces to encourage local products in a bid to support the "Aatmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan" initiated by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Amit Shah had also made it mandatory to sell only "Swadeshi" products through the CAPF canteens across India. The ITBP is the nodal agency appointed by MHA for the procurement of provisions on behalf of all paramilitary forces.
KVIC Chairman Vinai Kumar Saxena, while thanking the Union Home Minister for his initiative, said the MoU was a historic step as this is for the first time that KVIC has signed a deal with the paramilitary forces for supply of any material. He said this was a major step towards creating sustainable local employment in these trying times. "Providing best quality oil to our jawans guarding our borders, that too, on time will be our top priority," Saxena said.