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State khadi institutions opposes MDA policy
Published on 16 Aug. 2010 12:01 AM IST
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Khadi institutions of Nagaland have decided to oppose the new Marketing Development Assistance (MDA) policy introduced by central government, replacing Khadi Rebate Policy (KRP). A press release issued by Nagaland Khadi & Village Industries Sangh (NKVIS) Dimapur secretary Dinesh Kumar Chaudhary said khadi institutions of the state have resolved to oppose the new policy at a meeting held on August 9 last. It said the house was of the view that MDA policy was not as customer-friendly as its predecessor, the KRP, as the latter provided 20% discount (rebate) to khadi customers, whereas the MDA scheme did not provide such facility. Also, considering that 80% khadi fabric customers were from middle class to weaker classes, the house felt that MDA policy would deprive them of previous discounts, thereby affecting sale of khadi fabric and employment of rural artisans engaged in the sector. Chaudhary also stated that the meeting has resolved to approach Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh for immediate declaration of 20% rebate for khadi customers and to decide further khadi assistance policy in consultation with All India Khadi Mission (AIKM). Chaudhary said if the demand was not met, the NKVIS would go on to support and participate in the protest campaign launched by AIKM.

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