KVIC un­veils steel charkha on Cham­paran Cen­te­nary

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Under the Cham­paran Satya­graha cen­te­nary cel­e­bra­tions across the na­tion, the Union Min­is­ter of Agri­cul­ture and Farm­ers Welfare, Radha Mo­han Singh un­veiled an 18-feet-long, 5.75 feet wide and 9 feet high grand steel charkha in Charkha Park – lo­cated in front of Gandhi Mu­seum at Motihari on Sun­day.

The grand high-qual­ity steel, cor­ro­sion re­sis­tant and non-mag­netic Charkha has been pro­vided by the Khadi and Vil­lage In­dus­tries Com­mis­sion (KVIC) and man­u­fac­tured at Prayog Samiti Ahmed­abad, a KVIC unit near Sabar­mati Ashram in Gu­jarat.

Singh, in his in­au­gu­ral ad­dress, said that it is a mat­ter of pride for this erst­while land of Satya­graha, from where Mo­han­das Karam­c­hand Gand­hiji started his jour­ney to be our lov­ing ‘Bapu’ that it is now sym­bol­iz­ing our Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi’s ‘Make in In­dia’ mis­sion.

KVIC Chair­man Vi­nai Kumar Saxena said that the Charkha show­cases the fu­sion of two great cul­tures of In­dia – com­ing from the land of God­dess Sita and Lord Kr­ishna. “As Ma­hatma Gandhi him­self be­lieved, the Charkha is a sym­bol of our Swaraj and self-reliance. This mon­u­ment at Cham­paran will be a proud trib­ute to the Charkha’s his­toric im­por­tance in our na­tion. And, it will eco­nom­i­cally em­power the lives of sev­eral weavers as­so­ci­ated with the Khadi in­dus­try,” he said, adding, “Cham­paran is a tes­ti­mo­nial town as it drove away from the Bri­tish­ers – who col­o­nized it per­fectly for their trade.”

He also thanked NDA gov­ern­ment in Bihar for rechris­ten­ing old ‘Bara Bari­arpur By­pass Chowk’ of Motihari to ‘Charkha Park’.

It may be noted that the KVIC has al­ready pro­vided al­to­gether 60 eight-spin­dle New Model Charkha (NMC) to East Cham­paran Khadi Gramodyog Sangh, besides dis­tribut­ing five charkhas and one looms each in 13 vil­lages – where Ma­hatma Gandhi had vis­ited dur­ing his Satya­graha Move­ment in 1917.

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