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Banarasi Craftsmen make PPE

Banarasi Craftsmen make PPE

Varanasi: The makers of garments in Banarasi saree industry in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Kashi are nowadays are making PPE kits for the corona warriors.

With the support of industry department, a local trader of Banarasi saree Govind Agrawal has established a unit to manufacture PPE kits engaging over 20 craftsmen. He has also imported a taping machine from Taiwan for this purpose.

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Banarasi Craftsmen make PPE

The unit is manufacturing 200-250 PPE kits a day. “The capacity of the unit is 5,000 kits per month, which will be increased up to 10,000 per month in days to come,” said Agrawal. At present there is a stock of 3,000 PPE kits. The product has been approved by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and SIPRA Lab, he said.

Agrawal has been in the business of Banarasi saree for generations. As the trade was badly hit by the lockdown due to the spread of COVID-19, he started exploring other avenues for his own survival as well as his men. “The unit has been set up with the support from industry department, “he said adding that as the craftsmen are already skilled in garment making and other related works, they easily switched over to this work. The PPE kits would be supplied at a reasonable price within Rs. 500 per kit, he added. Manufacturing PPE kits for the corona warriors gives him satisfaction and a feeling that he is contributing his share in the battle against COVID-19, said Agrawal adding that the unit would be expanded if needed.

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Banarasi Craftsmen make PPE

“It is the first DRDO certified unit in the entire eastern UP for manufacturing PPE kits,” said the joint commissioner industries Umesh Singh adding that the process is underway to get the unit registered with the GeM (Government e-Marketplace) for making supply to government establishments.

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