Kolkata to set up shopping mall only to sell handmade goods made by help self-help groups
 Source : News Bharati English  Date : 09-Mar-2017

Kolkata, March 9: We have always visited the malls which have big brands like Vero Moda, Being Human etc. But Kolkata will soon be having the malls which will handmade goods straight from the self-help group’s produce basket. This initiative aims to provide a platform to portray the talent of self-help groups and sell their products.West Bengal government is planning to come up with a shopping mall in EM Bypass dedicated to the selling of the handmade products by the self-help groups in the state. The mall would be a platform for the present number of 50 lakh Self Help Groups in the state. 15 Kottah land parcel has been bought from the Kolkata Improvement Trust. This land costs around Rs 10 crores. Through the mall, the state government plans to give the self-help groups a permanent platform to exhibit and sell their products.

“Members of Self Help Groups will be allowed to display their produce alternatively for a month in the shops,” said Sadhan Pande, minister of state Self Help Group.

“While the state organises fairs to promote the self-help groups, most fairs happen in winter and the platform would also help these groups get in touch with more whole-sellers or exporters alongside getting them more direct customers in the city,” Pande added.