- During the Freedom Struggle, the development of Khadi and Village Industries was an instrument to meet the twin objective of self-reliance through local production and seeking the active participation of the poor in the struggle for Independence through the removal of hunger and unemployment.
- Accordingly, the Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) was created by an Act of Parliament to plan, promote and organise the systematic development and expansion.
- It came into existence in April 1957.
- The KVIC took over the work of the erstwhile All India Khadi and Village Industries Board.
- The original Act of 1956 has been subsequently amended during the years 1987, 1989 and 1994.