Gadkari, Irani, Gehlot inaugurate Ekam Fest to promote differently-abled entrepreneurs & artisans

New Delhi: Around 82 differently-abled (divyang) artisans and entrepreneurs coming from 17 states and UTs are showcasing their products at the week-long exhibition-cum-fair, Ekam Fest, organized by the National Handicapped Finance Development Corporation (NHFDC) under M/o Social Justice & Empowerment at State Emporia Complex, Connaught Place, New Delhi. They include 44 men and 38 women divyang artisans and entrepreneurs. The Fest is open to the public from 2 to 9 March. It is also hosting a number of activities like cultural extravaganza including performances by divyang artists and well-known professionals. Additional highlights of the event are astrological consultations and foot massage by divyang professionals.

At the Ekam Fest, differently-abled entrepreneurs and artisans from all over the country have been invited with representation from Jammu & Kashmir to Puducherry and from Nagaland to Gujarat. The Fest presents vibrant products of from J&K and NE with products ranging from handicraft, handloom, embroidery work and dry fruits.

The Ekam Fest stalls are displaying products in many categories – home décor and lifestyle; textiles; stationery and eco-friendly products; packed food and organic products; toys and gifts; jewellery and bags.

The Fest was inaugurated last evening in the presence of Union Minister for Social Justice & Empowerment, Thaawarchand Gehlot, Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways of India & Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, Nitin Gadkari, and Union Minister for Women and Child Development & Textiles, Smriti Zubin Irani.

NHFDC is providing financial assistance to the differently-abled for their economic rehabilitation and provides a number of skill development programs to empower them to grow & sustain their enterprises. To empower the divyangjans and marginalized groups of the society more closely, it has taken a step forward and established the NHFDC Foundation, this year. Recognizing the absence of a connect with the market which hinders fair prices and volumes in the sale of the unorganized divyang entrepreneurs, the NHFDC Foundation is making efforts for the development of a brand and platform for marketing of products of these determined entrepreneurs

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