The 40th edition of IHGF Delhi Fair Autumn 2015, which is the world’s largest fair of Indian handicrafts and gifts was declared open by Santosh Kumar Gangwar, Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) at the India Expo Centre and Mart on Wednesday.
The fair is being organised by the Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts (EPCH).
Vimla Batham, MLA, Gautam Budh Nagar, Dr SK Panda, Secretary (Textiles), Ministry of Textiles, Rama Raman, Chairman, GNIDA, Rakesh Kumar, Chairman and Executive Director, India Expo Centre & Mart, and Alok Kumar, Development Commissioner (Handicrafts) were also present in the inaugural ceremony.
Rakesh Kumar, Chairman, India Expo Centre & Mart and Executive Director, EPCH, while welcoming the chief guest and other dignitaries apprised everyone of IHGF-Delhi’s journey over the last <g data-gr-id="18">twenty one</g> years and thanked the concerned authorities for all help in bringing such a large and exclusive state-of-the-art exhibition centre which saw its available space expand by 40,000 <g data-gr-id="17">sqm</g> through construction of six purpose-built halls of comparable to any other in the world.
The highlight of the fair is the theme pavilion of Garden and Garden Accessories, informed Kumar.
About 3000 buyers have been registered during <g data-gr-id="26">first</g> day of the show. While inaugurating the 40th edition of IHGF-Delhi Fair Autumn, 2015, Santosh Kumar Gangwar said, “Handicrafts of India have distinct image and cannot be matched by the world and image of Indian handicrafts can be further promoted through this kind of fairs.”
He further said handicrafts sector is one of the largest and provides employment to more than 7 million artisans and people who are the backbone of this sector. Government and exporting community need to work together for the promotion of this sector. IHGF Delhi Fair Autumn 2015 is expected to generate <g data-gr-id="21">huge</g> amount of enquiries and orders.