Minister for Road Transport and Highways & MSME, Nitin Gadkari, in a new initiative will launch a new paint developed by Khadi and Village Industries Commission called – “Khadi Prakritik Paint”.
As per KVCI, the Prakritik paint is an eco-friendly and non-toxic substitute to the usual paint that carries heavy metals like lead, mercury, chromium, arsenic, cadmium and others. Moreover, Prakritik paint also entertains anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties.
The paint, certified by the Bureaus Standard of India (BSI), is based on cow dung as its main ingredient. The ministry adds that the paint is completely odorless and also cost-effective. The aim to introduce such a product is to not only promote local village industries but also provide a means of extra income to the people receding in the villages.
“The production of Khadi Prakritik Paint is aligned with Hon’ble Prime Minister’s vision of increasing farmers’ income. The project was conceptualized by Chairman KVIC in March 2020, and later developed by Kumarappa National Handmade Paper Institute, Jaipur (a KVIC unit),” the MSME Ministry said.
As per an estimate, the production of the paint will allow farmers an extra income of Rs 30,000 per animal, per year.
“This is estimated to generate additional income of Rs 30,000 (approx) per annum per animal to farmers/ gaushalas,” the statement said.
The statement further clarifies that the Khadi Prakritik Distemper & Emulsion Paints have been tested at three National Laboratories – National Test House, Mumbai; Shri Ram Institute for Industrial Research, New Delhi; National Test House, Ghaziabad.