The Union Minister for Social Justice & Empowerment Shri Thaawar Chand Gehlot visited the annual fair of artisans from across the country, belonging to the weaker sections of the society, at the ongoing India International Trade Fair 2014.
Speaking to the media on the occasion the Minister expressed his happiness that the Ministry has taken this innovative step to focus on the Ministry's developmental programmes and highlight its achievement through exhibitions by artisans.
The Minister congratulated the artisans, who have come from almost all parts of the country and the Ministry, CMDs and MDs of the Apex Corporations and their officers for organizing the event and suggested that such exhibitions should be held from time to time in various cities where the artisans of the target groups can be invited to showcase their products and skill.
The Minister also stressed the need for upgradation of skill and asked the Ministry and the Apex Corporations to take necessary action in the direction of providing skill development and including technological inputs in skill upgradation of the traditional art and craft of the target groups.
40 stalls have been allotted to artisans form States/UTs of Assam, Karnataka, Gujrat, Delhi, Puducherry, Madhya Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal etc. to display and sell their products like wooden toys, pearl jewelry, dress material, shawls, Tie and dye products, Sanganer print, handloom, painting, wood inlay, Banarasi sarees, Bamboo craft, Sozni work, Leather items etc.
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