Goyal pitches for promotion of home-made handicrafts

New Delhi (NVI): The government must work on a mission mode to protect and promote home-made handicrafts and artisans across the country, Union Minister for Commerce and Industry Piyush Goyal said here today.

Speaking while inaugurating the 20th ‘Hunar Haat’, Goyal said the Ministry of Minority Affairs along with the Ministry of Commerce, Ministry of Tribal Affairs in coordination with Ministry of External Affairs must work to promote artisans and their art of making handicrafts to an international level.

“Artisans and their art are our tradition and pride of nation,” he added.

Union Minister for Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said that ‘Hunar Haat’ has proved to be a “Mega Mission” of “Empowerment of Indigenous Legacy” of artisans.

He further said the Ministry of Minority Affairs is strengthening Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s  “Dream Project” to provide opportunity and market to the country’s rich heritage of arts/crafts.

“The Ministry of Minority Affairs is doing a historic task of preserving and promoting the magnificent heritage of the skilled people of every corner of the country and providing them national and international market,” he said.

The ‘Hunar Haat’ is being organised by the Union Ministry of Minority Affairs at India Gate Lawns, Rajpath, New Delhi.

Based on the theme of “Kaushal Ko Kaam”, it is being organised till February 23, where master artisans, craftsmen and culinary experts, including more than 50 per cent women, from across the country are participating.

It has more than 250 stalls have been set up where master artisans, craftsmen and culinary experts from across the country are participating.

They have brought with them indigenous exquisite handmade products.

In which hundreds of people associate with these artisans in production of these handmade products.

Naqvi said ‘Hunar Haat’ has become a “Mega Mission” of indigenous Craft, Cuisine & Culture and economic empowerment of master artisans, craftsmen.

“About 3 lakh master artisans, craftsmen & culinary experts have been provided employment and employment opportunities through ‘Hunar Haat’ in the last about 3 years and these beneficiaries include a large number of women artisans,” he said.

He also informed that so far, ‘Hunar Haat’ events have been organized at various places in the country such as Delhi, Mumbai, Prayagraj, Lucknow, Jaipur, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad, Puducherry and Indore.

The next ‘Hunar Haat’ will be organized at Ranchi from February 29 to March 8 and in Chandigarh from March 13 to 22.

In the coming days, ‘Hunar Haat’ will be organized in Gurugram, Bengaluru, Chennai, Kolkata, Dehradun, Patna, Bhopal, Nagpur, Raipur, Puducherry, Amritsar, Jammu, Shimla, Goa, Kochi, Guwahati, Bhubneshwar, Ajmer and other places.