Khadi Prakritik Paint launched
Part of: GS Prelims and GS-II – Policies and Interventions
- Union Minister for MSME launched an innovative new paint developed by Khadi and Village Industries Commission recently.
- 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.
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- 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.
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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.