Source: News Bharati English31 May 2016 14:23:15

New Delhi, May 31: Union Minister of State for Textiles, Santosh Kumar Gangwar and Union Minister of State for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), Dr Jitendra Singh, jointly inaugurated on Monday an Exhibition-cum-Sale of Handicraft and Handloom poducts from the North Eastern States of India.Interacting with the media, Gangwar spoke of the initiative by the Ministry of Textiles to set up an Apparel and Garment Making Centre in all eight states in the North Eastern Region. He said that this is the first organized effort to bring modern ready-made garment industry in the North East, and a significant step towards the Make in India initiative of the Government.

The Minister said that the project, which comes under the North-East Region Textile Promotion Scheme (NERTPS), will develop entrepreneurship through various capacity building measures and also train the people to work efficiently on high-end garment machines.

Each Apparel and Garment Making Centre set up under the initiative is estimated to generate direct employment for 1,200 people. It will help develop an ecosystem that will trigger further investments and employment. The Centres in Tripura and Nagaland have already been inaugurated, while work is in progress in the remaining six states.

Speaking on the occasion, Singh said this is a landmark event to showcase the rich variety of textiles, handicrafts and bamboo furniture and artefacts of the North Eastern Region (NER). He said the ‘Purbashree’ stall was inaugurated at Dilli Haat earlier this month. The Dilli Haat stall, devoted exclusively to the North East, has been set up on permanent basis by the North Eastern Handicrafts and Handlooms Development Corporation Ltd (NEHHDC) to give further boost to the development and promotion of North East handicrafts and handloom products.

Singh said Prime Minister Narendra Modi has also encouraged setting up of Start-Ups and hoped that exhibitions like this will promote new ventures in cottage industry in the NER.  On the occasion Gangwar and Singh launched a Coffee Table book titled “Celebrating Cottage – A Tribute to Indian Crafts and Craftpersons” and a "Cottage Mobile App". Secretary, Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region, Naveen Verma, and Secretary, Ministry of Textiles, Rashmi Verma, were the 'Guests of Honour' at the function.

The Exhibition-cum-Sale of exclusive products, specially created by award-winning craft persons, master craft persons and Shilp-Gurus from North Eastern States of India, is being organized by the Central Cottage Industries Corporation of India (CCI) Ltd at the CCI Emporium. The fortnight-long event is a joint endeavour undertaken by the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DONER) and Ministry of Textiles. It will remain open to the public till June 12, 2016, from 10.00 AM to 7.00 PM daily.

Known for its indigenous earthy appeal and meticulous craftsmanship, the handmade creations from North East have drawn worldwide attention. The ambit of products showcased in the exhibition include a wide range of high quality handcrafted and authentic range of bamboo handicrafts, grass handicrafts, cane handicrafts, handloom textiles & made ups, pottery and jewellery, representing the crafts traditions and cultural ethos of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Tripura and Sikkim.

The exhibition is accompanied by live demonstration by invited craftpersons in an effort to display the nuances of glorious craft traditions and their making from the North Eastern States of India.