Khadi Commission Files Case Against Chandigarh Woman For Selling Fake Masks

The masks had the Make in India, Vocal for Native logos together with PM Modi’s photograph

New Delhi:

Taking strict notice of “faux” masks being offered within the title of khadi and marketed on the social media, the Khadi and Village Industries Fee (KVIC) on Monday lodged a criticism with the police in opposition to a Chandigarh resident.

In its criticism filed with the Senior Superintendent of Police in Chandigarh, KVIC alleged {that a} lady, Khushboo, was “unauthorisedly” promoting face masks branding them as khadi and utilizing the prime minister’s {photograph} on packets.

The masks being offered by the lady additionally had logos of khadi and the central authorities’s ‘Make in India’ and ‘Vocal for Native’ initiatives, apart from the prime minister’s {photograph} to create a “misunderstanding” that her portal has the authorisation of promoting khadi merchandise, it mentioned.

Talking concerning the criticism, KVIC chairman Vinai Kumar Saxena mentioned, “We won’t spare any particular person or personal companies which are misusing khadi’s title or unauthorisedly utilizing the {photograph} of the prime minister on merchandise or ads. This can be a critical violation and a legal act. Even prior to now now we have taken strict authorized motion in opposition to such violators.”

He mentioned KVIC has additionally shaped a workforce of authorized specialists to maintain a strict watch over any such misuse of khadi’s model title anyplace throughout the web advertising platforms in addition to in markets to guard the curiosity of khadi artisans.

The criticism filed by KVIC mentioned, “This not solely created a unsuitable impression of khadi in public opinion but in addition misled the web prospects searching for real khadi masks being offered completely by KVIC by way of its e-portal.”

The criticism additional mentioned it has come to the data of KVIC that the Chandigarh lady indulged within the sale of masks within the title of “khadi masks” with none authority and with out permission from KVIC.

It’s additional observed that she is promoting the masks through the use of the registered Phrase Mark “Khadi” and its formative mark and extensively promoting it, the criticism mentioned.

“Additional, she can be utilizing the {photograph} of the prime minister… within the promoting supplies and it isn’t recognized whether or not the permission/ authorisation of the central authorities required underneath Part three of the Emblems and Names (Prevention of Improper Use) Act,1950, is obtained by her or not,” it additional learn.

Mr Saxena mentioned it’s pertinent to say that KVIC has acted powerful in opposition to any misuse of its model title “Khadi India” and infringement into its trademark.

He mentioned thus far KVIC has issued authorized notices to over 1,000 personal companies, together with Fabindia, for misusing its model title and promoting merchandise underneath the title of khadi.

KVIC has additionally sought damages from these companies for inflicting hurt to its popularity and lack of wages to khadi artisans attributable to sale of “faux” khadi material.

The KVIC within the criticism has requested the Chandigarh police to provoke legal continuing in opposition to the lady that features seizing and confiscating of products and all commercial merchandise, hoardings, promotional materials, brochures, stationery, web sites, social media handles, and so on.


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