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Khadi showroom on Town Hall Road, Madurai, gets ISO Certification

R. Sairam

It’s the first KVIC institution in South India to achieve this milestone

— PHOTO: K. Ganesan

GETS ITS RECOGNITION: Customers at the Khadi Gramodyog Bhavan at Town Hall Road in Madurai.

MADURAI: The Khadi Gramodyog Bhavan at Town Hall Road here has become the first Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) institution in South India to get ISO certification.

The Bhavan was granted Management Systems Certification licence for IS/ISO 9001:2000 for sale of khadi and village products by the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS), KVIC Divisional Director of Madurai Region, M.T. Wakode, told The Hindu here on Sunday.

The Khadi Gramodyog Bhavan is one among the 27 khadi institutions in ten southern districts coming under Madurai Division of KVIC. The license, valid till March 2012, enables the Bhavan to make use of the certificate, standard mark and statements provided it meets all the norms mandated.

The Bhavan would be reimbursed 90 per cent of the costs incurred to get this certification by the Directorate of Science and Technology, KVIC, he said.

“KVIC encourages research and other innovative activity under the field of village industries by providing grants,” said Mr. Wakode.

A sum of Rs.1.70 lakh was spent on obtaining the license. The KVIC had already reimbursed Rs.1 lakh to the Bhavan and the remaining amount will be released soon, said P. Padmanaban, Secretary, Madurai District Sarvodaya Sangh (MDSS). The Town Hall showroom is one of the six sales centres coming under MDSS.

He said that this showroom, spanning across 10,000 sq.ft., is among the biggest Khadi showrooms in South India. It features over 4,000 articles with 30 sales staff.

The Bhavan provides direct and indirect employment to around 200 artisans and has production to the tune of Rs.2.32 crore in seven villages and sales of Rs.3.68 crore.

The MDSS produces and sells a range of products from silk saris and dhotis to agarbathis and steel furniture, he said. It also features products brought in from various parts of the country such as Tanjore Plates and honey obtained in Coorg (Karnataka) and Kashmir.

Reeling out the sales figures for the last fiscal, he said that Rs.1.39 crore-worth Khadi items, ready garments and silk items such as saris were sold, recording an increase of Rs.4 lakh over the previous fiscal. Non-textile products such as chappals, shoes, bag, and furniture saw sales of Rs.1.49 crore, an increase by Rs.11 lakh from the previous fiscal, he added.

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