09/03/2016 10:17 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:26 AM IST

Khadi Could Be Made Friday Dressing Code For Government Employees

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INDIA - NOVEMBER 04: Narendra Modi, Chief Minister of Gujarat purchasing the Khadi in Ahmedabad Khadi Bhandar in Gujarat, India (Photo by Shailesh Raval/The India Today Group/Getty Images)

NEW DELHI -- Casual Fridays might become khadi day for government employees, if a proposal from the Khadi & Village Industries Commission is accepted. This will help boost sales of the hand-spun cloth, and is projected to benefit small-time weavers across the country.

"We are discussing this with the government and we will make an appeal. Employees can wear it to work on just one day," VK Saxena, chairman of the commission, told The Times of India.

While the exact details of the proposal aren't clear, but sources told TOI that it will be likely made voluntary for the government employees, instead of a strictly-administered 'code'. However, employees don't seem averse to the suggestion.

Government employees told TOI that most of them already wear some form of handloom clothing already — and were happy to own some khadi clothes.

This is among the several attempts that the 60-years-old khadi commission is making to boost their sales. According to reports, they have separately entered into multi-crore deals with both private and public organisations. These include government schools, defence forces, Air India, JK Cement, FabIndia, Raymond, among others.

Over 100 million square metres of khadiis produced in India currently, with over seven lakh artisans registered under the commission.

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