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World’s ‘largest’ Tricolour unveiled in Leh on Gandhi Jayanti

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World’s Khadi National Flag: The world’s largest national flag, made up of Khadi cloth, has recently been installed in Leh, Ladakh.

Key Highlights:

  • The flag was inaugurated by Ladakh’s Lieutenant Governor RK Mathur, on October 02, 2021, to mark the 152nd birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, who gifted Khadi to the world.
  • This Monumental Khadi National Flag has been prepared by the Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC).
  • The flag is made by Khadi Dyers and Printers based in Mumbai which is affiliated to the Khadi Village and Industries Commission.

About World’s largest khadi national flag:

  • This national flag is the world’s largest flag made of Khadi.
  • Its length is 225 ft, width 150 ft, and weighs 1400 kg.
  • The flag covers a 37,500 sq ft area.
  • It was created using 4600 meters of hand-spun, hand-woven Khadi cotton bunting.
  • The Ashok Chakra in the national flag measures a diameter of 30 feet.
  • It took 70 Khadi artisans to make this flag.
  • It took 49 days to complete this flag.”
  • The flag was carried to a hilltop in main Leh city, about 2000 feet above the ground level by around 150 troops of the Indian Army.
  • It has been displayed on a frame prepared by the Indian Army in order to ensure that it remains flying high above the ground.

Significance:

The world’s largest khadi national flag was prepared and conceptualized by Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) to celebrate “Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav”, the 75 years of Independence.

The flag was handed over to the Indian Army as handling and displaying it required utmost care and precision.

After the national flag was successfully displayed on the hilltop by the army, ALH Helicopters carried a fly past and showered flower petals over the National flag.

About KVIC:

  • It refers to the Khadi and Village Industries Commission.
  • KVIC is a statutory body formed in April 1957 (as per an RTI) by the Government of India (GoI), under the Act of Parliament, ‘Khadi and Village Industries Commission Act of 1956’.
  • It is an apex organization under the Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises.
  • The main objective of KVIC is to plan, promote, facilitate, organize and assist in the establishment and development of khadi and village industries in the rural areas in coordination with other agencies engaged in rural development wherever necessary.

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