Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is attending the Amdavad Shopping Festival in Ahmedabad, on Thursday purchased a jacket from Khadi & Village Industries Board stall and made the payment using his RuPay debit card. “At the Ahmedabad Shopping Festival I too could not resist from shopping! Purchased some Khadi products using the RuPay card,” the prime minister tweeted later. He also shared a picture of him purchasing the jacket and urged people to keep buying Khadi.
Earlier, the prime minister inaugurated the Amdavad Shopping Festival, a first-of-its-kind initiative in the country. Being organised together with the Vibrant Gujarat summit, the festival will give enterprises an opportunity to showcase their products.
At the Ahmedabad Shopping Festival I too could not resist from shopping! Purchased some Khadi products using the RuPay card.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) January 17, 2019
I urge you all- keep buying Khadi and contribute to the empowerment of lakhs of weavers associated with the industry. It is also a great tribute to Bapu! pic.twitter.com/DVTAIwFJz2
The event, being held on the lines of many international shopping festivals, is witnessing participation from over 15,000 sellers who will be offering huge discounts to customers over the next 12 days.
"Be it tourism, manufacturing or the services sector, crores of employment opportunities have been created in the last four-and-a-half years," PM Modi said after inaugurating the event. He also urged the state government to make it an annual affair.
#WATCH Prime Minister Narendra Modi purchases jacket from Khadi & Village Industries Board stall at Amdavad Shopping Festival, in Ahmedabad, makes payment using his RuPay card. pic.twitter.com/TmDOxwmRi2— ANI (@ANI) January 17, 2019
"We generally see the organisation of such events along with big business summits in foreign countries only. The organisation of Ahmedabad Shopping Festival along with Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit is a commendable effort. Businessmen, from street-vendors to shopping malls, handicrafts to electronics and hotel-restaurant businesses have come here to promote their business. I would like to urge Gujarat government, Ahmedabad and friends like Shailesh Patwari (former Gujarat Chamber of Commerce & Industry president) to see if this can be made an annual event and organised during the same time every year," he said.