Bhubaneshwar, Mar 7: Once known as Utkala, which means the land of excellence in art, Odisha is a treasure trove of exquisite handicraft and traditional art forms, a rich legacy of an ancient culture. For boosting this rich tradition of craftsmanship and to appreciate the craftsmen of the state, the Odisha government has launched a scheme to provide them with monthly assistance.
The scheme, “Mukya Mantri Sahayta’ launched by CM Naveen Patnaik on Tuesday.
According to an official statement, Craftsmen with over 10 years of experience and annual income below Rs. 1 lakh would become eligible to get the assistance of Rs 800 a month. Those craftsmen who are above 80 years of age, would get Rs. 1,000 monthly allowance.
For taking the benefit, Craftsmen would require to produce annual income certificate, residence proof, experience certificate, and age proof.
The Official statement stated the Directorate of Handicrafts would function as the nodal department of the scheme. Further, the statement added, a selection committee would be constituted in the district level under collectors of the respective districts for selection of beneficiaries.