The Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC), has cancelled the Khadi Certification to its oldest Khadi Institution named Mumbai Khadi and Village Industries Association (MKVIA). MKVIA was running the prestigious Khadi Emporium at Metropolitan Insurance House located at Dr. D.N. Singh Road in Mumbai since 1954.
The action came after KVIC found that the MKVIA was selling non-Khadi products in the guise of genuine Khadi. According to a press statement issued by the Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, non-Khadi products were collected by the KVIC officials from the Emporium during the routine inspection.
The statement said, KVIC issued a legal notice to MKVIA for flouting the norms of Khadi Certificate and Khadi Mark Certificate issued by the Commission. It further said, with cancellation of the registration, Khadi Emporium ceases to be a genuine Khadi Outlet and is no longer permitted to sell Khadi products from the Emporium.
It said, KVIC is also contemplating legal action against the MKVIA for criminal breach of trust and cheating public at large by misusing the credibility and popularity of brand Khadi.