Tourism dept. all geared up to help the artisans

Published on : Monday, July 3, 2017

Tourism dept. all gearedWith the Union ministry of tourism, more than 1.12 crore small artisans have registered themselves. Mahesh Sharma, Union minister of state for tourism on Sunday confirmed that the department have devised a policy to not only give identity cards to these artisans but will also provide them recognition according to state, national, or international levels. Sharma was delivering a speech at a seminar in Textiles India 2017, organized to talk about the various challenges of exporting handicrafts and to plan on necessary measures for setting up a unique niche for Indian handicrafts in the global market. Sharma also explained that a competition will be taking place among the registered artisans with the ministry, and they will be offered given state-level/national-level and international-level recognition. He further added by saying that the winner of the competition will receive a reward of Rs10 lakh, while the second and third prizes will be of Rs5 lakh and Rs3 lakh, respectively. Sharma also said that tourism, heritage and culture are all interlinked with each other. He said that handicrafts are an essential part of the entire package. He said that there is tremendous urgency for skill development among the artisans in order to keep their talent alive. He added that constant problem of attrition must be tackled with a tangible solution. He said that textile and tourism can be significant contributors’ to the growth of the economy of the country.

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