Source: News Bharati English19 Nov 2016 17:16:28


Ahmedabad, Nov 19 : In an attempt to promote and encourage the  young artisans Union Textiles Minister Smriti Irani announced that government will provide high class training by nationally acclaimed designers under Guru Shishya Parampara.

She was speaking at the programme organised by textiles Ministry where she distributed PAHCHAN card at Ahmedabad Haat, Vastrapur. PAHCHAN card a unique identity to the handicraft artisans of the nation.

The Minister also inaugurated the Thematic Exhibition on Handicrafts products. Union Textiles minister distributed PAHCHAN identity cards to artisans of five clusters of Gujarat, namely Jamnagar, Naroda, Surendranagar, Amreli and Kalol.

She said that the PAHCHAN card will give national identity to the artisans and that they will be covered under a national database. Artisans would be able to get benefit of any government scheme through the PAHCHAN card. 

Irani further added that, the Ministry will organize insurance camps in February at the places where artisans live, and provide them credit guarantee and insurance schemes at their doorstep. 


She announced that 20 artisans of each of these five clusters will be imparted training under Guru Shishya Parampara .where nationally acclaimed designers will train the artisans.  She further informed  that, government  will  distribute free toolkit to artisans from minority, SC/ST and BPL .

The fair has been conceptualized with a view to provide a direct marketing platform for innovative products developed by 20 handicrafts artisans from various parts of India, covering different crafts like Tie & Dye, Patchwork, Embroidery & Jewellery. Different types of craft are on display with live demonstrations during this period.

The fair is being promoted and marketed through Council of Handicrafts Development Corporations (COHANDS), with financial assistance from the Ministry of Textiles, Govt. of India.

On this occasion Dr. Nirmalaben Wadhwani, Minister of State for Women and Child Development, Government of Gujarat; Dr. Kirit Premjibhai Solanki, Member of Parliament, Ahmedabad West; and Alok Kumar, Development Commissioner (Handicrafts), Ministry of Textiles, Government of India were also present.