State Government working towards providing better training, market and financial aid to artisans
Training artisans and encouraging them to produce as per set guidelines of NSDC must
Chief Minister addresses an event held under the aegis of State Government and Hand Design Organization jointly
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mr. Akhilesh Yadav has said that various regions of the state were known world over for their signature handicrafts and cottage industry and that these handicraft items provided livelihood to millions across the state.
The state government, he added, was working towards their better training, market and financial aid and also to improve their living standards, so that their financial condition improved and they get a good and carefree working atmosphere. The Chief Minister was today addressing an event held at hotel Taj under the aegis of UP government and the Hand Design Organization jointly.
It may be pointed out here that this organization financial aided by Mr. Abhishek Sarraf and Mr. Maximiliano Modesti works towards providing training to states artisans, give them certificates later, providing them a market for selling their products and helping in arranging of financial aid to artisans who want to begin their own enterprise.
Other than this, the organization would also help in bringing the products in the category of luxury crafts, under the set guidelines of the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC). This will enable better price for the products and provide the handicrafts from the state a global market.
Mr. Yadav termed the handicraft artisans born talents and said that they get to show their talent as part of their ancestral traits. Artisans involved in making Benarasi silk sari’s, carpets in nearby areas and the world famous Chikan work in Lucknow involve their families while making the products, Mr Yadav pointed out. He also admitted that they have had to face stiff competition in the global market.
It was for this reason that the artisans needed to be trained further so that they meet the parameters set by the NSDC. He also expressed hope that the cooperation of the Hand Design Organization will go a long way to benefit the artisans of the state. The Chief Minister also expressed his desire that the artisans be taught the nuances of the trade so that the middlemen are bypassed and the actual benefits reach them.
Discussing various initiatives undertaken by the state government to promote and encourage artisans, the Chief Minister informed that an Avadh Shilp Gram was being developed on a 25-acre stretch in Lucknow, which will enable them to showcase and sell their products worldwide. He also informed that a Shilp Haat and a Bunkar Bhawan was being developed in Noida, a Carpet Bazaar was being constructed in Bhadohi. Mr. Yadav also said that the present government was working for all-round development of the state and welfare of all sections of the society, for which several schemes have been set rolling. On this occasion, a Saari weaver Mr. Sayed-ur-Rehman and other weavers met the Chief Minister and were encouraged by Mr. Yadav to work with more dedication in their respective fields. Mr. Rahman apprised the Chief Minister of various nuances of sari weaving.
Among others who addressed the event were Mr. Maximiliano Modesti, Mr. Abhishek Sarraf, Ms. Helene Dubrule, Ms. Mallika Verma and Ms. Krishna Menon. Also present on the occasion were Political Pension Minister Mr. Rajendra Chowdhary, MP Mrs. Dimple Yadav, artisans from various parts of the state, designers and exporters of various handicraft items.