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Gadkari launches Khadi Prakritik paint – India’s first cow dung paint – developed by KVIC

Newdelhi:12/1/21; Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways & MSME Sh. Nitin Gadkari today launched an innovative new paint – India’s first cow dung paint –  developed by Khadi and Village Industries Commission his residence. The eco-friendly, non-toxic paint, called“Khadi Prakritik Paint is a first-of-its-kind product, with anti-fungal, anti-bacterial properties. Based on cow dung as its main ingredient, the paint is cost-effective and odorless and has been certified by the Bureau of Indian Standards.

Minister for Fisheries, Animal Husbandry & Dairying, Sh. Giriraj Singh, Minister of State for MSME, Sh. Pratap Chandra Sarangi and Chairman KVIC Sh. Vinai Kumar Saxena was also present.

Speaking at the launch function, the Minister said the step is aligned with the Prime Minister’s vision of increasing farmers’ income. The step, he said, is part of an effort to improve the rural economy to such an extent that reverse migration begins from the cities to rural areas. Pointing out that the paint is priced at only Rs. 120 per liter for the distemper, and Rs.225 per liter for the emulsion, he said this is less than half the price charged by big paint companies. Stressing that the role of the government is only that of a facilitator, he said the paint will be marketed in a  professional manner, and taken to all corners of the country.

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Khadi Prakritik Paint is available in two forms – distemper paint and plastic emulsion paintThe project was conceptualized by Chairman KVIC in March 2020 and later developed by Kumarappa National Handmade Paper Institute, Jaipur (a KVIC unit).

The paint is free from heavy metals like lead, mercury, chromium, arsenic, cadmium, and others. It will be a boost to local manufacturing and will create sustainable local employment through technology transferThis technology will increase the consumption of cow dung as a raw material for eco-friendly products and will generate additional revenue for farmers and gaushalas. The utilization of cow dung will also clean the environment and prevent clogging of drains.

Khadi Prakritik Distemper & Emulsion Paints have been tested at 3 reputed National Laboratories

  • National Test House, Mumbai
  • Shri Ram Institute for Industrial Research, New Delhi
  • National Test House, Ghaziabad

Khadi Prakritik Emulsion paint meets BIS 15489:2013 standardswhereas Khadi Prakritik Distemper paint meets BIS 428:2013 standards. 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 4 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 color, and it can be developed in any color by suitably mixing colorants.

The live stream of the event can be seen at this link :https://youtu.be/4pAa0SqvTM0

About Ashok Palit

Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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