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And now, khadi makes its appearance on Indian Railways

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New Delhi , June 8

AFTER earthen cups to serve tea, it is the turn of `khadi' (hand spun and hand woven fabric) to make its appearance on the Railways.

Railways Minister, Mr Laloo Prasad Yadav, has directed all zones to switch to khadi material for bedding and upholstery on trains and Railway premises with immediate effect, an official press release said on Tuesday.

Like the move to replace plastic cups with earthenware `kullhars,' the use of khadi is intended to generate rural employment and popularise traditional Indian materials among rail users.

The switch to earthen cups alone is expected to generate employment for three lakh potters in the current year and finally help about 29 lakh potters across the country.

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