The Uttar Pradesh (India) Government in an extolling move has introduced school uniforms made with Khadi on pilot basis in some districts of the State.
The initiative is aimed to promote the indigenous fabric among children, informed UP’s Basic Education Minister.
Children studying in primary schools (classes 1 to 5) will be the first ones to wear Khadi uniforms. The school uniform for boys is dark brown trousers and pink shirts, while for the girls it is dark brown skirts and pink tops. The collars will be brown for both boys and girls.
Initially, the project will be implemented in one block each in the four districts of the state including Bahraich from the academic session beginning in July. If positive and encouraging results achieved, the project will be replicated across the state.
“The textile is strong and requires little maintenance but is steeped in Indian history. This step will enable the children to know the importance of Khadi fabric,” commented Anupma Jaiswal, Minister of State (Independent Charge) Basic Education.
The move by Yogi Adityanath government comes in line with Central govt.’s promotion of Khadi and Make in India campaign. The textile has come to represent Swadeshi pride in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s rhetoric and measures the government has taken to promote it include making it exempt from the goods and services tax and hosting gala events.
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