PM calls for push to handloom industry

DELHI: From promoting ‘khadi’ and tourism to boosting preventive healthcare and optimal utilisation of natural resources, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s first ‘townhall’ address had it all.

By using slogans such as ‘khadi for nation, khadi for fashion’ and ‘Aatma gaon ki, suveedha sheher ki’ (soul of a village, facilities of a city), the Prime Minister stole the show during his 70-minute speech here.

He urged everyone to buy handloom or khadi garments, so that workers in the cottage industry have jobs and earn a decent living.

“In the struggle for independence, ‘khadi for nation’ was the mantra, but today if we make it ‘khadi for mation, khadi for fashion’, it will mean the growth of our handloom industry. A lot of technology upgradation is also going on in the industry and a lot of designers are also coming up,” Modi said.

Underlining the employment potential and the poverty alleviation capabilities of the sector, the Prime Minister said the sector stood only next to agriculture in strength. He reminded that August 7 is observed as ‘Handloom Day’

“With rapid and continued economic growth of over 8 per cent over the next 30 years, we can have whatever best we see in the world at our feet. That should be our mission. Even if farmers may have two acres of land, he should have a mission to produce more, by putting in more efforts and growing more,” the Prime Minister said at the event, which marked the second anniversary of his government’s citizen outreach portal MyGov..


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