The Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) has issued legal notices to three firms Nachia Corporations, Pest Cure Incorporation, and Ved Prakash Mithal and Sons for allegedly using its brand name and registered trademark to sell personal protective equipment (PPE).
KVIC has asked these companies to pay Rs 50 crore each for using its brand name and logo without its permission. KVIC has also asked them to stop the usage of Khadi India on all its products with immediate effect. KVIC had earlier issued a statement which said that it has not launched any PPE kit or outsourced it to any private agency. It termed the selling PPE kits fraudulently in the name of Khadi India as illegal, as they pose a grave risk to the safety of our doctors, diagnostic and paramedic staff who are dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic.
Despite the stern warning, the above companies continued to sell PPE kits using the khadi logo forcing KVIC to take legal action. The notice allows these companies seven days to reply, before initiation of the legal action.