New Delhi, Oct. 14 (ANI): Minister of State for Textiles (Independent Charge) Santosh Gangwar inaugurated the 40th edition of IHGF- Delhi Fair Autumn 2015 at India Expo Centre and Mart here on Wednesday.
The world’s largest fair of Indian handicrafts and gifts is being organized by the Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts (EPCH).
Gautam Budh Nagar MLA Vimla Batham, Secretary (Textiles) at Ministry of Textiles Dr. S.K. Panda, Chairman- GNIDA Rama Raman and Development Commissioner(Handicrafts) Alok Kumar were also present at the inaugural ceremony.
Speaking on the occasion, Gangwar said handicrafts of India have a distinct image and that Indian handicrafts can be further promoted through fairs of this kind.
He further said that exporting community should innovate and come up with new products so that buyers who visit IHGF-Delhi fair take back the impression that these kinds of products cannot be sourced from anywhere else. He added that India has a treasure trove of raw materials, craftsmanship and ethnic traditions and systems, and that we need to reorient to bring innovation and novelty.
He applauded EPCH for adding newness to the fair by expanding the fair area and constructing new halls.
The Minister pointed out that handicrafts sector provides employment to more than 7 million artisans and craftspersons who are the backbone of the sector. He said that Government and exporting community need to work together for the promotion of this sector.
Meanwhile, Dr. Panda congratulated the handicrafts sector for achieving very good growth figures. He said that handicrafts sector not only earns foreign exchange but also provides livelihood to large number of artisans. He urged the exporting community to look at growth in an inclusive way and adopt villages so that the livelihood of the artisans who are backbone of the handicrafts sector can be improved.
Dr. Panda said that under the visionary leadership of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, a new chapter has been opened for empowering people with skill, self-esteem and pride. He said that several new initiatives have been launched, giving particular attention to making development participative and inclusive.
Gangwar also released the Fair Directory as well as a book written by Dr. Panda titled “Promotion of Handicrafts for Inclusive and Sustainable Development – Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas”. (ANI)