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Guess where Air India khadi uniform idea comes from

The use of khadi is in line with PM’s Khadi for Fashion initiative

DELHI: The use of khadi for the 4,000-strong cabin crew was recently suggested by an internal committee set up by Air India the national carrier, in line with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Make in India and Khadi for Fashion initiatives.

Behind the proposal is also a letter from BJP president Amit Shah to the office of Mahesh Sharma, MoS Civil Aviation, asking the minister to ensure that the departments under his ministry maximise the use of khadi in a systematic manner.

The letter, dated April 4, 2016, was accessed by The Indian Express.

Attached with Shah’s letter was a detailed note by Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) chairman Vinai Kumar Saxena, addressed to Sharma, citing how the Prime Minister had given the slogan “Azaadi Se Pehle, Khadi for Nation. Azaadi Ke Baad, Khadi For Fashion” during his Mann Ki Baat address in January.

Sources said that Sharma — who also has independent charge of the tourism and culture ministries — is learnt to have instructed his other two ministries to think of ways to promote and use khadi.

In fact, an official from Saxena’s Mumbai office said, Shah’s letters have been “sent to all ministers”.

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