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Santosh Kumar Gangwar, Minister of State for Textiles inaugurated the two-day seminar on Schemes of Handicrafts on 3 July. He inaugurated the exhibition of Shilpguru, Santkabir and National Awardee’s products at Shilpi Haat, Rajiv Gandhi Handicrafts Bhawan and release compendium of 12th Plan Scheme of Handicrafts as well. Gangwar also distributed allotment letters of motorised potter wheels to 20 selected terracotta artisans.

A two-day seminar on Schemes of Handicrafts along with the distribution of tool kits and regional level workshop on implementation schemes is being organised by Northern Regional office, Office of the Development  Commissioner (handicrafts), Ministry of Textiles, Government of India at Rajiv Gandhi Handicrafts Bhawan. Handicrafts sector is very important segment of our country’s economy because it is labour intensive and it gives employment to about 68 lakh people. Besides this, it is also a major source of foreign exchange earnings for the country.

Office of the development Commissioner under Ministry of Textiles is a nodal agency for development of handicrafts. it is implementing seven generic schemes in its 12th plan for development of handicrafts. The seminar aims to disseminate information and to make aware about the contoursof schemes among various stake holders such as artisans, national Awardees, Shilpi Guru, partner NGOs, SHG leaders, entrepreneurs etc. In the seminar, difficulties faced by the implementing agencies and artisans during the implementation of various schemes would be discussed. As said by one of the major change makers, ‘It is an effort to get the feedback from the artisans and from the people about the work of these artisans. It’s a two way mechanism.’ Efforts would hence be made to find solutions to the problems faced by both the teams.

Subject experts and resource persons would also be present to discuss the schemes and get suggestions about the subject of handicrafts. On paying a visit to the exhibition you will get to see the best works of the nation. Our favourite was the  world’s wonder, the Taj Mahal, made using matchsticks. Just on entering, one would also find a bone carved train and see a metal carved vessel. It is then, that some of us may realise the art that lies hidden in the villages of our nation.  
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