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[pib] Khadi Prakritik Paint – India’s first cow dung paint


From UPSC perspective, the following things are important :

Prelims level : Khadi Prakritik Paint

Mains level : KVIC and its success

Union Minister for MSMEs has launched an innovative new paint called Khadi Prakritik Paint – India’s first cow dung paint

It is very unlikely that an MCQ will be asked in Prelims. However one must know this from mains perspective.

Khadi Prakritik Paint

  • It is developed by Khadi and Village Industries Commission at his residence.
  • The eco-friendly, non-toxic paint, called “Khadi Prakritik Paint” is a first-of-its-kind product, with anti-fungal, anti-bacterial properties.
  • Khadi Prakritik Paint is available in two forms – distemper paint and plastic emulsion paint.
  • The project was conceptualized by Chairman KVIC in March 2020 and later developed by Kumarappa National Handmade Paper Institute, Jaipur (a KVIC unit).
  • The paint is priced at only Rs. 120 per litre for the distemper, and Rs.225 per litre for the emulsion, almost half the price charged by big paint companies.

A no lesser brand

  • Khadi Prakritik Emulsion paint meets BIS 15489:2013 standards; whereas Khadi Prakritik Distemper paint meets BIS 428:2013 standards.
  • The paint has successfully passed various test parameters such as application of paint, thinning properties, drying time and finish, among others.
  • It dries in less than 4 hours and has a smooth and uniform finish.

Why makes it competent?

  • Based on cow dung as its main ingredient, the paint is cost-effective and odourless and has been certified by the Bureau of Indian Standards.
  • The paint is free from heavy metals like lead, mercury, chromium, arsenic, cadmium and others.
  • It will be a boost to local manufacturing and will create sustainable local employment through technology transfer.
  • This technology will increase the consumption of cow dung as a raw material for eco-friendly products and will generate additional revenue to farmers and gaushalas.
  • Utilization of cow dung will also clean the environment and prevent clogging of drains.

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