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Khadi is a hand woven cloth, primarily weaved from cotton, silk, and wool using a spinning wheel or a ‘charkha’. It originated in India and later on spread to Bangladesh and Pakistan. Khadi was not just cloth but a movement started by Mohandas Gandhi to ensure that people are self reliant and respect home goods over foreign products. The chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, Akhilesh Yadav with Samajwadi ideologies believes in lifting all sectors of the society and has been aggressively pushing the art of hand weaving and khadiin the state.

“Khadi needs publicity. If not publicised, Khadi will lag behind. The state government will extend all possible help in promoting these products. Khadi products provide employment to the poor on a large scale and improve their economic status,” Akhilesh Yadav said while launching various schemes for Khadi and Village Industries department in Uttar Pradesh.

On 26th May, the CM hosted an event at his residence where he invited students from a prestigious fashion designing college, NIFT, Rae Bareilly, and asked them to help the government to promote khadi. Akhilesh Yadav also announced that his Government would give “free power-loom” for weavers’ machines adding that if he can give free laptops to students then why not free power-loom machine to weavers. He distributed 75 power-loom machines in Bundelkhand region; 50 for Jhansi and 25 for Banda last week. These were rightfully termed as ‘Samajwadi Charkha’ by the people.

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At the event Akhilesh Yadav also requested the general population to adopt Khadi and wear it at least once a week to help promote it. He himself wears only khadi to show his love for the country and local goods. Social Samajwadi is proud of his ideologies and hopes that people come forward and help the UP Government in propagating khadi.