New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi yesterday said the government will keep taking decisions to achieve the goal of a $5 trillion economy. Addressing a function yesterday afternoon in Varanasi, he said facilitating and strengthening traditional handicrafts workers, artisans, and MSMEs will help in achieving the goal.
PM Modi participated in the ‘Kashi Ek Roop Anek’ program organized at the Deendayal Upadhyay Trade Facilitation Center, Bada Lalpur, in Varanasi. During the function, he visited an exhibition on the various products from Kashi and others districts of UP produced by weavers and handicraftsmen. He inspected stalls of handloom, pink meenakari, wooden toys, chandauli black rice, Kannauj’s perfume, Moradabad’s metal crafts, agra leather shoes, Lucknow’s chikankari, and Azamgarh black pottery under the One District One Product but also interacted with artisans and craftsman. He also distributed kits and financial assistance to artisans and craftsman from different crafts.
Modi appreciated the Uttar Pradesh Government for taking several initiatives in creating more opportunities for Indian products in the international market and for providing essentials such as machines, credit, and loans to weavers and handicraftsmen under several schemes. The PM mentioned that due to UP Government’s programmes like One District One Product, exports from UP have been steadily increasing in the last 2 years, and said the country will benefit from the products of UP reaching abroad and online markets of the world.
Modi said in India every district can be identified with a unique art or product such as different varieties of silk, spices etc. This, he said, is the biggest inspiration behind ideas like Make in India and One District One Product.
Modi noted that in the last 2 years more than 3,500 artisans and weavers from 30 districts were supported by Uttar Pradesh Institute of Design (UPID). Toolkits were also given to over 1,000 workers. The PM commended the efforts of UPID in extending support to weavers, artisans, handicraftsmen etc.
Stressing on the need for refining and improving the quality of products made in India, as per the demands of the 21st century, Modi said it is necessary to provide institutional support, financial assistance, new technology, and marketing to facilitate traditional industries. He said for the past 5 years, India has been making efforts in this direction, and that India is moving forward with a new approach that focuses on empowering every person in the country.
Highlighting several measures taken to facilitate industries and wealth creators, Prime Minister Modi said Budget 2020 has given utmost thrust to manufacturing and ease of doing business. He said a National Technical Textile Mission has been proposed with an allocation of Rs 1,500 crore, and said provision of Rs 3,700 crore has also been made for the Defense Corridor in UP. Small industries will benefit from this corridor, and it will also create new employment opportunities, he added.
Modi mentioned that GeM (Government e-Marketplace) has made it easier for small enterprises to sell goods to the government, adding that creation of a unified procurement system will further enable the government to procure goods and services from small industries on a single platform.
He said for the first time in the country, national logistics policy is being prepared which will create single window e-logistics, thus making small scale industries more competitive and also helping in employment generation.
Prime Minister Modi concluded the address by urging everyone to take concerted efforts to make India a manufacturing powerhouse.
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