India now has its own cow dung paint. Among the country’s several innovative inventions, this unique paint certainly takes the cake. According to the Press Information Bureau, Nitin Gadkari, the Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways and MSME, launched the new paint. The paint has been developed by the Khadi and Village Industries Commission at his residence.
What is it?
The ‘Khadi Prakritik Paint’ is a first-of-its-kind product which is being touted as eco-friendly and non-toxic, with anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties. With actual cow dung as its main ingredient, the paint is said to be cost-effective and also odourless. It has also been certified by the Bureau of Indian Standards. Khadi Prakritik Paint will be available in two forms- distemper and plastic emulsion.
What Are The Properties Of This Paint?
Since the foundation of the paint is cow dung itself, there is no doubting the anti-bacterial, anti-fungal ability. Not to mention that it has been certified by the Bureau of Indian Standards which rules out the possibility of non-availability, bad odour, and harm.
The paint has two forms, namely, distemper and plastic emulsion. The former is a decorative paint in nature and needs a binder to be used effectively while the latter is water-based and gives a smooth matte finish after application.
Both the cases seem satisfactory based upon their constituents and functions. Also, the price has been set at Rs. 120 per litre and Rs. 225 per litre for distemper and emulsion respectively.
Furthermore, the paint has no hard metals which cause toxicity and thereby affect the environment hazardously. Lead, mercury, chromium, arsenic, cadmium, etc, are the hard metals mentioned above.
Speaking at the launch event, Gadkari said “the step is aligned with the Prime Minister’s vision of increasing farmers’ income”, and that it is “part of an effort to improve the rural economy to such an extent that reverse migration begins from the cities to rural areas”.
According to PIB, the paints have been tested at three national laboratories: National Test House, Mumbai; Shri Ram Institute for Industrial Research, New Delhi and National Test House, Ghaziabad.
“The paint has successfully passed various test parameters such as application of paint, thinning properties, drying time, and finish, among others. It dries in less than four hours and has a smooth and uniform finish. The paint can be applied to the interior as well as exterior walls. Both distemper and emulsion paints are available in the white base colour, and it can be developed in any colour by suitably mixing colourants,” the PIB statement said.
Lucknow, Dec 21 (IANS) The Yogi Adityanath government is planning to create another world record by contributing to the world's largest mask, made with Khadi. The mask will be 150 square metres in size.The mask will be displayed in many states of the country but the dates have not yet been finalized.Additional Chief Secretary, Khadi and village industries, Navneet Sehgal said that the largest Khadi mask would be displayed through a hot air balloon with a message underlining the importance of mask in fighting the pandemic.He said that two metres of Khadi cloth had been received from every district and this had been handed over to fashion designer Manish Tripathi who will make the mask. Manish is also collecting cloth from some other states.Sehgal said that the need for masks will not reduce even after the vaccine arrives. Masks have played an important role in preventing the Coronavirus.He further said that a Khadi textile exhibition will be held in January 2021. It will feature a display of clothing by famous fashion designers including Reena Dhaka, Ritu Berry, Manish Malhotra.--IANSamita/in
Government sources said that the benefit will help create women's self-help groups (SHGs) and give them employment at the local level. Khadi branding will also take place for the first time since Independence, even as porous material would prove effective against the virus, the sources claimed.Navneet Sehgal, Principal Secretary, Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Department, told IANS: "The khadi masks are being prepared by women SHGs of the Village Development Department. They have been given six lakh metres of cloth, with eight masks made from one metre and another 1-2 from cloth cuttings. In this way, about 50 lakh masks will be made. A pair of masks will cost Rs 20-22 in the market." He pointed out that cloth weavers as well as village women making masks would thus be provided source of income. He said that the activists of Sahayata Group will deliver the masks to the market.Sehgal said: "The masks will be best quality, three-layers ones and available in packings of two. Training for making masks has been sourced out to an organization called Indian Green Khadi."According to information received from the department, there are about 2,000 self-help groups of women in the state at present, with nearly 2 million women beneficiaries. At present, there are about six lakh cotton and khadi weavers in the state. The central and state governments give 20 and 15 per cent subsidies on khadi clothes respectively. 5 per cent grant from the state goes directly to the accounts of weavers. The masks will be distributed through the Rural Development Department and Gram Panchayats. These can take the help of post offices, banks and other NGOs. Many institutions are contacting the Khadi and Village Industries Department for this.(Vivek Tripathi can be contacted at [email protected])--IANS<br>hindi-sdr/tsb