Faced with widespread criticism for its decision to remove photos of Mahatma Gandhi from stationary items replacing it with that of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s, the Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) has now hit back at the employees, who protested the decision.
A report by IANS, the KVIC deputy chief executive officer, responsible for handling administration and HR has served a ‘memo’ to the employees union, asking it to explain why they staged an ‘unauthorised protest’ on its premises on 12 January.
In a three-point show-cause notice, the KVIC claimed that the protest had spoilt the “image of the organisation”.
The letter was issued on 16 January soon after the news had snowballed into a nationwide controversy. The KVIC, however, made more addition through handwritten notes on 18 January demanding a response from the Khadi Gramodyog Karmachari Sena office-bearers within 48 hours.
Employees of Khadi Village Industries Commission in Mumbai had reacted with anger after Prime Minister Narendra Modi replaced the father of the nation, Mahatma Gandhi in 2017 calendar and table diaries.
KVIC Chairman, Vinai Kumar Saxena, had defended the decision adding that there was nothing unusual about the decision.
He had said, “The entire khadi industry (udyog) is based on Gandhiji’s philosophy, ideas and ideals, he is the soul of KVIC, so there is no question of ignoring him.
“In fact, he is khadi’s biggest brand ambassador, and his vision matches KVIC’s, of ‘Make In India’ by making villages self-sufficient, ‘skill development’ by generating employment among the rural masses, infuse modern technology for khadi weaving, innovations and marketing. Plus, the PM is a youth icon.”