In a bid to boost the khadi industry, Kerala is planning to modernise and mechanise the sector with an aim to generate employment for people, particularly in village areas. The introduction of modern charka has helped enhance the working conditions of workers in the khadi sector. It has been estimated that there are about 12,800 workers in the field of spinning and weaving of khadi clothes.
The accent is on comprehensive development of the sector, with an accent on building the Kerala brand. Compared to other industries, textile has the potential for engaging legions of workers, mainly women, and providing jobs consistently, with minimum investment. Efforts have been made to boost the production and sale of khadi clothes. Kerala is known for khadi shirts.
Meanwhile textile majors are willing to buy the products of khadi and handloom units in Kerala. They have made lucrative offers for outright procurement. The offer sounds rosy for the units as it ensures regular employment to scores of workers and also higher prices for the products. But it is fraught with the danger of the industry’s losing its identity and clout in the market. Also, in time, the companies may dictate prices and even working conditions in the units.