New Delhi: The Union Minister for Minority Affairs, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi has said that ‘Hunar Haat’ initiatives which are being organised across the country by the Ministry of Minority Affairs have proved to be ‘Mega Mission’ for economic empowerment of needy master artisans and craftsmen. He was addressing the gathering after inaugurating ‘Hunar Haat’ along with Governor of Madhya Pradesh, Lalji Tandon, at Indore, Madhya Pradesh today.
Naqvi said that ‘Hunar Haat’ has become a ‘Mega Mission’ of indigenous craft, cuisine & culture and economic empowerment of master artisans and craftsmen. The success of ‘Hunar Haat’ can be gauged from the fact that about 3 lakh needy master artisans, craftsmen and culinary experts have been provided employment and employment opportunities through ‘Hunar Haat’ in the last about 3 years. These beneficiaries include a large number of women artisans.
Naqvi said that in the next 5 years, about 100 ‘Hunar Haat’ will be organised across the country which will result in employment opportunities to lakhs of artisans, craftsmen and people associated with them.
Naqvi further said that the Prime Minister Narendra Modi led Government is not only providing employment opportunities to master artisans and craftsmen, it is also preserving and promoting India’s indigenous traditional legacy of master artisans and craftsmen which was on the verge of extinction.
Naqvi said that the Central Government has sanctioned 100 ‘Hunar Hubs’ in different parts of the country. Training is being provided to master artisans, craftsmen and traditional culinary experts according to modern needs in these hubs and they are also being provided national-international markets.
Naqvi also said that ‘Hunar Haat’, being organised at prominent places across the country, has proved to be financially beneficial for the needy artisans and craftsmen as each event generates business worth crores of rupees for indigenous handmade exquisite products of artisans and craftsmen. He informed that these artisans are receiving orders for their products not only from domestic markets but also from international markets. He said that ‘Hunar Haat’ has become a means of employment and empowerment exchange for these artisans and craftsmen.
Naqvi further said that the ‘Hunar Haat’ being organised at Indore is the 19th such event of the Minority Affairs Ministry.
So far, ‘Hunar Haat’ has been organized at various places in the country such as Delhi, Mumbai, Allahabad, Lucknow, Jaipur, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad & Puducherry. The next event will be organized at India Gate Lawns, Rajpath, New Delhi from 13 to 23 February; Ranchi from 29 February to 8 March and in Chandigarh from 13 to 22 March 2020.
Naqvi said that in the coming days, ‘Hunar Haat’ will be organized in Gurugram, Bengaluru, Chennai, Kolkata, Dehradun, Patna, Bhopal, Nagpur, Raipur, Puducherry, Amritsar, Jammu, Shimla, Goa, Kochi, Guwahati, Bhubneshwar, Ajmer and other places.
Addressing the gathering, the Governor of Madhya Pradesh, Tandon said that India is a country of diversity with every region having different art, culture, language, and costumes. He said that ‘unity in diversity’ is the identity of India and every corner of the country has its own legacy of arts & crafts.
Tandon congratulated Naqvi for providing employment opportunities to artisans through ‘Hunar Haat’ on a large scale. The Governor said that the Ministry of Minority Affairs, under the leadership of Naqvi, is strengthening PM Modi’s ‘Dream Project’ of providing opportunity and market to the country’s rich heritage of arts & crafts.
The Governor said that the Ministry of Minority Affairs is doing a historic task of preserving and promoting the magnificent heritage of the skilled people of every corner of the country and providing them national and international market.
During the ‘Hunar Haat’ event at Indore, 125 stalls have been set up and more than 250 master artisans, craftsmen and culinary experts from across the country are participating. These artisans include a large number of women artisans. They have brought with them indigenous exquisite handmade products. ‘Bawarchikhana’ will provide a taste of traditional delicacies of several states. Cultural programmes, being organized on a daily basis, will also be a major attraction of the ‘Hunar Haat’ in Indore. The event will conclude on 16 February.