‘Hunar Haat boon for Vocal for Local plan’

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‘Hunar Haat boon for Vocal for Local plan’

Sunday, 28 February 2021 | Deepak K Upreti | New Delhi

Union Minister for Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on Saturday said here that the “Hunar Haat” is playing “phenomenal and perfect” role in making “Vocal for Local” campaign a “mass movement” and as of now given employment to over five lakh people and ‘still counting.’

Speaking at the “Hunar Haat” in Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium here Naqvi said that “Hunar Haat” has been becoming “Kumbh of backers of brilliance”.

Naqvi said that more than 12 lakh people have visited the “Hunar Haat”, started from 20th February and become “Proud Promoter” of Prime Minister  Narendra Modi’s “Vocal for Local” campaign by purchasing handmade products of indigenous artisans and craftsmen worth crores of rupees.

The number of visitors is likely to go above 16 lakh in the next two days, he said. This “Hunar Haat” will be concluding on March first, 2021.

The 10-day “Hunar Haat” was inaugurated by Defence Minister  Rajnath Singh.

Several Ministers, MPs, senior government officials, various Diplomats, renowned industrialists have come here to encourage the artisans and craftsmen. 

More than 600 artisans and craftsmen from more than 31 States and UTs participating in the “Hunar Haat”. Artisans and craftsmen from Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Chandigarh, Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Goa, Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu-Kashmir, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Kerala, Ladakh, Madhya

Pradesh, Manipur, Nagaland, Odisha, Puducherry, Punjab, Rajasthan, Sikkim, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, West Bengal etc are  participating in the “Hunar Haat to display and sale of their  indigenous handmade products.

Naqvi said that  indigenous handmade products such as Applique work, dry flowers, jute-cane, brass products, wooden and clay toys, Ajrakh Block Print, Blue Art Pottery, Pashmina Shawl, Khadi products, Banarsi Silk, Wooden Furniture, Chikankari Embroidery, Chanderi Silk, Lac bangles, Rajasthani jewellery, Phulkari, Oil Painting, Leather products, Khurja pottery, Sandalwood artefacts from Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Jute products from West Bengal, rare antiques made of glass, mats and carpets etc were available for sale and display at the “Hunar Haat”. 

Naqvi said that the visitors also enjoyed traditional delicacies from every region of the country at “Bawarchikhana” section.

Besides, different cultural and musical programmes were daily presented by renowned artists of the country such as  Vinod Rathore (21 Feb); Nizami Brothers (24 Feb);  Sudesh Bhonsle (26 Feb); Sl Kailash Kher (27 Feb) and others.

Naqvi said that the “Hunar Haat” has, as of now,  provided employment and employment opportunities to more than 5 lakh 30,000 artisans, craftsmen and artists .

The Union Ministry of Minority Affairs will provide employment and employment opportunities to 7 lakh 50,000 artisans and craftsmen through 75 “Hunar Haat” which will be organised by completion of 75 years of the country’s independence.

The “Hunar Haat” is available on virtual and online platform http://hunarhaat.org and on GeM Portal also where the people of the

country and abroad can buy products of indigenous artisans and craftsmen digital/online.

Next “Hunar Haat” will be organised in Bhopal (12 to 21 March 2021); Goa (25 March to 04 April); Kota (9 April to 18 April); Surat (23 April to 2 May).

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