Khadi Gram Udyog has a lion's share in our celebrations. Nurturing the authenticity of amazing India, it has been producing most of these flags for past over six decades. Vijay Gudadhe of Khadi Gram Udyog, Nagpur told The Hitavada that Nanded district in Marathwada region of Maharashtra and Hubli district in Karnataka are the top two producers of flags in the country.
The flag making process has various strict norms pertaining to colours, length and width that must be adhered to. It is a very detailed process," he said. He further said that they have flags in various sizes, right from 6300 mm x4200 mm wide to table and car flags.
Mahabaleshwar Matpati, Senior Manager of Marathwada Khadi Gram Udyog said, "We make tri-colours throughout the year. Our Marathwada Khadi Udyog Samiti produces khadi in maximum quantity for the flag. Udgir city produces maximum Khadi, which later gets processed in eight districts.
The annual turnover through flag making is of around Rs 1 crore, he informed. "Not only flag-making but other businesses related to Khadi Gram Samiti generate large employment opportunities for villagers. We have more than 300 centres around the country taking forward the thought of 'Swadesi', in times when the country is tangled in the mesh of imported brands," he said.
He said that on this Independence Day they make an appeal to people to opt Khadi flags instead of paper ones. Matpati expressed that Khadi Gram Udyog was, in a way, trying to cherish the vision of Mahatma Gandhi, by helping the country in its celebration of freedom from Her oppressors.