Khadi Board chairman Jainandu (left) with HEC chairman-cum-managing director G.K. Pillai at the closing ceremony of Khadi Mahotsav in Ranchi on Tuesday. Picture by Hardeep Singh
Ranchi, Nov. 3: With a gross turnover of Rs 6 crore and enthusiastic participation by almost all the states of the country, the 6th Khadi Mahotsav drew to a close today.
Even the kiosk owners, for the first time in the history of the fair, expressed satisfaction with both sales as well as arrangements. The former Miss India Sakshi Gulati, who sashayed down the ramp for the promotion of khadi, was all praises.
“I am honoured to come here and walk the ramp. I am amazed to receive such a warm welcome from the people here and enjoyed the experience altogether,” she told The Telegraph.
On the last day of the fair, trophies and certificates were given away to winners under several categories in a programme.
Present on the closing ceremony were S.K. Satpathy, the rural development secretary, N.N. Sinha, the industries secretary, G.K. Pillai, the chairman-cum-managing director of Heavy Engineering Corporation, I. Jawahar, the state director of Khadi and Village Industries Commission and Ramvilas Gupta, state’s acting chief information commissioner.
Bengal, Nagaland and Jamshedpur artisans walked away with trophies and certificates after being adjudged the winners under the khadi category. Under the handicrafts category, Rajasthan, Bengal and Nagaland received the awards. Under the “saras” category, the kiosks from Maharashtra, Jharkhand and Orissa took the honours. For extraordinary services in the fair premises, State Bank of India was awarded with a trophy.
Mohammed Ishtaq Ahmed, an artisan and kiosk owner from Malda, Bengal, said: “Saris with kantha stitch and butis were the hot picks this year. The visitors also took keen interest in varieties of silk.”
Srinivas Sharma of Khadi Commission, Ranchi, said that readymade garments were more in demand this time.
“A similar fair has been scheduled in Jamshedpur from December 23, 2009, to January 5, 2010. We are happy to say that this year around 30,000 children turned up for the fair. The footfall was much more than that of the previous year,” Jainandu, the chairman of Jharkhand State Khadi Board, said.
“We, at the Khadi Board, aim to provide employment through such fairs. The fair is also a way of marketing the products of artisans and creating a bigger base. It is all about promoting talents of the states,” he added.