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Khadi Prakritik Paint launched

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  • January 13, 2021
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Khadi Prakritik Paint launched

Part of: GS Prelims and GS-II – Policies and Interventions 

In news 

  • Union Minister for MSME launched an innovative new paint developed by Khadi and Village Industries Commission recently.

Key takeaways 

  • The eco-friendly, non-toxic paint is called Khadi Prakritik Paint. 
  • It is a first-of-its-kind product, with anti-fungal, anti-bacterial properties.
  • The paint has been certified by Bureau of Indian Standards. 
  • Khadi Prakritik Paint is available in two forms – distemper paint and plastic emulsion paint.
  • Based on cow dung as its main ingredient, the paint is cost-effective and odorless.
  • The paint is free from heavy metals like lead, mercury, chromium, arsenic, cadmium and others.

Do you know? 

  • It will be a boost to local manufacturing and will create sustainable local employment through technology transfer.
  • This technology will increase consumption of cow dung as a raw material for eco-friendly products and will generate additional revenue to farmers and gaushalas. 
  • This is estimated to generate additional income of Rs 30,000 (approx.) per annum per animal to farmers/ gaushalas.
  • Utilization of cow dung will also clean the environment and prevent clogging of drains.

Important value additions 

The Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) 

  • It is a statutory body formed in April 1957 (as per an RTI) by the Government of India, under the Act of Parliament, ‘Khadi and Village Industries Commission Act of 1956’. 
  • It is an apex organisation under the Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises. 
  • Vision – To plan, promote, facilitate, organise and assist in the establishment and development of khadi and village industries in the rural areas in coordination with other agencies engaged in rural development wherever necessary.
  • In April 1957, it took over the work of former All India Khadi and Village Industries Board.
  • Head office: Mumbai
  • Six zonal offices: Delhi, Bhopal, Bangalore, Kolkata, Mumbai and Guwahati. 

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