President to inaugurate ODOP Summit today
President Ram Nath Kovind will on Friday inaugurate the ODOP Summit being organised by the Uttar Pradesh government to promote traditional industries and spur local trade under its One District, One Product scheme.
The two-day summit, which aims to give a boost to micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME), will be a corollary of the UP Investors’ Summit held in the state capital in February this year, followed by groundbreaking ceremony for the launch of 81 projects in July.
“The summit aims to propel ODOP scheme on a big scale for international branding and marketing of local products. The ODOP scheme seeks to promote traditional industries synonymous with their respective districts of UP to spur local economy and create jobs, said MSME and Khadi and Village Industries Minister Satyadeo Pachauri.
He said the aim of the ODOP scheme was to optimise production, productivity and income; preservation and development of local crafts; promotion of art; improvement in product quality and skill development.
Pachauri said that the President would distribute loan sanction papers amounting to Rs 500 crore to around 10,000 beneficiaries of the ODOP scheme and also give tool kits to 78 artisans, including electric pottery wheel to 26 artisans from Gorakhpur and marble inlay to artisans from Agra.
During the day, two memorandums of understanding (MoUs) will be signed with US-based companies, one with Amazon and another with GE Health Care.
On the second day, another MoU will be signed with US-based Boeing company, which will set up a skill training centre in Aligarh.
The Amazon will train the artisans and small entrepreneurs of several districts, including Lucknow, Gorakhpur, Allahabad, Ferozabad, Moradabad, Agra, Kanpur, Meerut, Bhadohi and Varanasi, in getting their products listed on its marketing platform.
GE Health Care will set up two skill training centres, at Meerut medical college hospital and at King George’s Medical University (KGMU) in Lucknow at a cost of Rs 1.6 crore.
Pachauri said the minister in-charge of each district would also distribute loans to the beneficiaries of the scheme.
He said the beneficiaries of the ODOP scheme from Varanasi, Gorakhpur, Moradabad, Agra and Kanpur would also share their experiences with the President.
Pachauri said arrangements had been made for the state-wide live telecast of the summit’s inauguration from Indira Gandhi Pratishthan.
The MSME and Khadi and Village Industries Minister said that eight technical sessions would he held during the summit on handloom, textiles craft, tourism, agro and food processing, credit and finance.
“The ODOP Summit is the first of its kind in the country and is expected to give a big boost to the MSME and handicrafts in the state,” Pachauri said.
He said the President would also inaugurate a three-day exhibition in which one product of each district would be on display.
UP is uniquely famous for product-specific traditional industrial hubs across 75 districts, viz. Varanasi (Banarasi silk sari), Bhadohi (carpet), Lucknow (chikan), Kanpur (leather goods), Agra (leather footwear), Aligarh (locks), Moradabad (brassware), Meerut (sports goods) and Saharanpur (wooden products).
President Ram Nath Kovind will reach the state capital at 9:30 am on Friday and after staying for around six hours and inaugurating the ODOP Summit he will leave for New Delhi at 3:30 pm.
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