Union MSME Minister Nitin Gadkari on Tuesday urged retail giant Walmart to work with Khadi and Village Industries to take their products, including khadi denim, to global markets. He also highlighted that the micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSME) sector in India is a major job creator and contributor to the country's gross domestic product (GDP).
"Khadi Gram Udyog has very good products. We are making khadi denim...the quality of products is good, of international standards... I will request if you can give opportunity to khadi gram udyog. I feel that will be a unique thing for Walmart also," Gadkari said at a virtual event here.
Gadkari suggested that Walmart can engage with sectors like handloom, handicrafts, and other village industries. "They (industries) have unique types of products that are definitely going to give you (Walmart) more business. At the same time, it creates job opportunities in India. Our target is to increase exports, and Indian MSMEs must become part of the global supply chain," he said.