Bhartiya khadi ya Chin ka polyester?

Bhartiya khadi ya Chin ka polyester?

13 August 2022
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Why this petition matters

Have you ever wondered where the Flag of India gets printed and made? Of course, the tailors have to be very precise on the size, width, length and the saffron/green colours but are these just random tailors? And if there are units that manufacture Indian flags then how many are there? We will tell you. It's just one and that is Karnataka Khadi Gramodyoga Samyukta Sangha.

We are sure you would definitely like to know about this one unit, the only one authorised to manufacture the tri-colour. Listed are some amazing and lesser-known facts about the unit, Karnataka Khadi Gramodyoga Samyukta Sangha. Read on!

Karnataka Khadi Gramodyoga Samyukta Sangha is located in the Bengeri area of the city of Hubli in Karnataka

The unit was founded on November 1, 1957.

The sole purpose of this unit was to contribute in the growth of khadi and other village industries. Another aim of the federation was to provide employment opportunities to the rural youth

The production of khadi only began in the year 1982

It was the Khadi and Village Industries Commission that certified KKGSS as the sole manufacturer and supplier of the Indian flag to the entire country

In the unit, there are about 1000+ specialist spinners and 1000+ weavers that have been employed in making the flag

The manufacturing has to confirm to the standards laid down by the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS)

As easy as it looks like, the job is not any easy task. Any defects in the flags, such as colour, size and thread count is considered a serious offence and is liable for fine or imprisonment or both, as per the provisions of Flag Code of India 2002

The stitched flags are sent to the BIS board for approval

According to the law, our flag should be made of khadi, which is a special type of hand-spun cloth of cotton 

Now let me tell you what has the central government changed overnight 

This is to bring to your attention that vide the above mentioned Order dated 30th December 2021 amending the Flag Code of India, 2002 the Central Government has erroneously included “polyester” to the peril of Khadi Flags which were traditionally hoisted all over the country.

The BJP led government in its wisdom is trying to replicate the East India Company which dumped mass produced cotton textiles in India to the peril of hand woven cotton textiles. The government in it arrogance of having attained absolute majority in the Parliament seems to have forgotten that it was in 1918 Mahatma Gandhi started his movement for Khadi as relief programme for the poor masses living in India's villages. Spinning and weaving was elevated to an ideology for self-reliance and self government.

Today the Government by adding the words “Polyester” have rendered a blow to the Khadi Gramodyoga. It is well known that the Karnataka Khadi Gramodyoga Samyukta Sangha, situated in Garag village was the only unit in India that is authorised to manufacture and supply the Indian flag. 

The Prime Ministers call for Har Ghar Tiranga would have meant that the demand for flags would soared and the sole flag manufacture i.e. Karnataka Khadi Gramodyoga Samyukta Sangha, would have enlarged its business and benefitted thousands of people who are directly and indirectly engaged in the process of manufacture of the flags.

The amendment in reality has only been made with a view to help crony capitalists to benefit from this demand, to the peril of Khadi Gramodyoga, which act uncannily resembles the acts of the East India Company.

Gandhi’ji felt that in a county where manual labor was looked down upon, it was an occupation to bring high and low, rich and poor together, to show them the dignity of hand-labor. He asked not only of those in need, but of every person to do spinning at least about one hour per day as sacrifice to his county, as duty towards the poor. He hoped for a certain bond of unity between the classes and masses by bridging the gap with a common occupation, and he saw great social value in hand-spinning. It was for economic, cultural and social reasons and not merely political that Gandhi established the Khadi Movement. The present government has chosen to forego all the historical background of the Khadi Movement in its act of issuing the Order dated 30th December 2021 amending the Flag Code of India, 2002 to include the words “polyester”.

In view of the historical backgound and significance of the same it is humbly submitted that the said Order dated 30th December 2021 amending the Flag Code of India, 2002 be repealed at the earliest.


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