Arunachal Pradesh school children to wear khadi face masks

The Arunachal Pradesh government has decided to reopen schools from November 16.

 

Thousands of school children in Arunachal Pradesh will be sporting tri-color Khadi face masks as they return to their schools for the first time post Covid-19 lockdown, the Micro,Small & Medium Enterprises Ministry stated.

The ministry stated in a release that Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) has supplied 60,000 high quality Khadi cotton face masks for school children as the Arunachal Pradesh government has decided to reopen schools from November 16.

“The government of Arunachal Pradesh has decided to open schools for class 10th and 12th from 16th November 2020, and also accorded approval for procurement of 60,000 Khadi Cotton face masks from KVIC for the school children,” the purchase order issued by the state government said.

The purchase order was issued on November 3, and in just six days, KVIC has supplied the requisite masks to the government considering the urgency involved. In order to ensure timely delivery of masks, KVIC has dispatched the consignment by air, the ministry said in a release.

The ministry said the KVIC has provided double-layered, tri-colour cotton face masks to Arunachal Pradesh government with its logo suitably placed on the masks. The face masks in tri-color also aims at instilling a sense of nationalism among the students, it stated.

KVIC has specifically used Double Twisted Khadi fabric for manufacturing of these masks as it helps retain 70 per cent of the moisture content inside, while providing an easy passage for the air to pass through. These masks are, therefore, skin-friendly and suitable for long duration use. Khadi cotton face masks are washable, reusable and biodegradable, the KVIC stated.

KVIC chairman Vinai Kumar Saxena said the supply of face masks to Arunachal Pradesh government was accorded top priority as it was meant for the students who will be taking classes from November 16.

“This is a prestigious order for KVIC and such big orders create additional job for Khadi artisans. We have supplied the order in just 6 days while ensuring the highest quality standards of face masks,” Saxena said.

KVIC has sold 23 lakh face masks since it was launched in April this year, the ministry stated.

First Published:Nov. 9, 2020, 6:48 p.m.

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