2,172 notices issued against unauthorised sale of Khadi products: Govt

Khadi and Village Industries Commission issued notices against firms engaged in unauthorised sale of products in the name of Khadi

notices issues against unauthorised sale of khadi products

Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) issued 2,172 notices to entities engaged in unauthorised sale of products in the name of ‘Khadi’ till January this year, according to the government. Nearly 500 entities have apologized for unknowingly using the Khadi trademark, and have removed them from their products and websites, Minister of State for MSMEs Bhanu Pratap Singh Verma said in a written reply to the Rajya Sabha.

KVIC comes under the Ministry of MSMEs. “Up to January 2022, KVIC had issued 2,172 notices to entities engaged in the unauthorised sale of products in the name of Khadi,” he said.

KVIC has so far filed as many as nine suits against different entities for the infringement of trademark and in most of the cases got an interim injunction against the infringements, he added.

Suits were filed in the Delhi High Court against Khadi Essentials, Delhi; Iwearkhadi, Uttar Pradesh; Khadi Design Council of India, Uttar Pradesh; JBMR Enterprises-Khadi Prakritik Paint, Uttar Pradesh; Girdhar Khadi, Haryana; and Khadi by Heritage, Delhi.

The minister also informed that a suit was also filed in the Bombay High Court against Fabindia, Mumbai; India Khadi Fashion, Maharashtra; and Khadi Store, Pehnava, Maharashtra and Rajasthan.

Further, he said that KVIC has taken several steps to check the manufacture and sale of fake Khadi products.

The steps include the appointment of seven trademark consultants, who are actively watching the trademark infringements by third parties and issuing legal notices to the unauthorised users. Moreover, it also includes the removal of online links regarding the sale of fake Khadi products from e-commerce platforms and social media on a continuous basis.

“So far, KVIC (has) already removed 2,487 links from Amazon, Flipkart, Snapdeal, WhatsApp, YouTube, etc,” Verma said adding that KVIC is constantly opposing the applications for registration of trademarks filed by third parties with the word ‘KHADI’ as part of their trademark.

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