Khadi artisans exhibit their skills at IITF
Amid much fervour and gaiety, Giriraj Singh, Minister of States (Independent Charge) for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) inaugurated the exclusive Khadi Pavilion of Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) at the 37th edition of India International Trade Fair (IITF) at Pragati Maidan on Tuesday. The theme of this one of the largest trade fairs for this edition is 'Start-up India: Stand up India'.
KVIC has set up over 100 stalls, in which various Khadi and Village Industries institutions from nearly all the states of the country are showcasing the most exquisite products created by the genuine fingers of rural artisans. This iconic annual event of India Trade Promotion Organisation (ITPO) would give a proper platform to the rural artisans to showcase their skills in the national Capital.
Expressing happiness and enthusiasm, after formally inaugurating the pavilion, the MSME minister said that the commitment and zeal shown by the artisans and entrepreneurs indicate that the whole nation has taken the appeal and observation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. "Only with this degree of dedication, we can follow our PM's doctrine of 'Earlier Khadi for the nation, then Khadi for fashion and finally Khadi for transformation'. Ministry has already chalked out some plans to brighten and enhance the artisans associated with Khadi and Village Industries," he said.
Corroborating similar views, KVIC Chairman Vinai K Saxena said that with such an enthusiastic approach of artisans and entrepreneurs, Khadi and Village industries are all set to catch the show. "KVIC as a team will always try to yield the best results with its social commitment," he said, adding, "We always try to stand as per the expectations and love of our PM for Khadi and village industries."
Secretary, MSME, Dr Arun Kumar Panda and noted fashion designer Ritu Beri were also present on this occasion.
The much awaited, 37th India International trade fair (IITF) kick-started on November 14 with a participation of approximately 21 countries and 3000 companies. The 'business days' for the mega fair fall is from November 14 to 17 whereas, for the general public, the fair will be open from November 18 to 27. From November 18, the fair will be open to all visitors with a ticket price of Rs 60 for adults and Rs 40 for children.
However, on Saturday and Sunday as well as any holiday between November 18 and 27, the ticket price for adults will be Rs 120 and Rs 60 for children.