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Khadi Mela at Gopal Maidan from September 17

Jamshedpur, Aug. 31 : Jharkhand State Khadi Board has plans to set up a big Khadi Plaza in the city. The idea is to spread reach of khadi products.

The board is looking for area where it can come up. Addressing a press meet Sanjay Seth, chairman, Jharkhand State Khadi Board informed that they are working on the directions to promote khadi and for this they are will come up with a plaza.

He went on to inform that the board is organising an eight day-long Khadi Mela at Gopal Maidan from September 17 to 24. More than 300 stalls will be put in which buyers can look forward for items like khadi, wood crafts, terracotta, stone crafts, handlooms, jewellery, bamboo craft, metal craft, jute and tribal paintings among other items which will be on display for sale.

The products will be available at discount of 25 to 30 per cent.

The exhibition-cum-sale of khadi and village industries products will see the participation of around 300 stalls put up by artisans, craftsmen, khadi institutions and Rural Employment Generation Programme units. Artists from different parts of the country will participate.

Seth said the importance of Khadi can be gauge out from the fact that this movement has succeeded to a large extent in preserving traditional arts and crafts.

Second, it had been successful in providing self-employment to a large number of people in rural areas, particularly to women, who constituted the weakest sections of society.

He further added that Khadi has gone mod by adopting a blending technique in case of fabrics such as cotton, handloom fabrics, and silks.

“The idea is to bring the people close to khadi and let people identify with the products beside we also wanted to market the products in a more professional manner,” said Amit Kumar, deputy commissioner, East Singhbhum.

The entry ticket for the mela will be Rs 10. However, entry for students coming with uniform will be free.

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