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Cotton, craft fair from tomorrow

BHOPAL HAAT will host the Cotton and Craft Fair from April 7 for Self Help Groups (SHGs). A calendar of three-month long schedule of the Bhopal Haat has also been worked out.

india Updated: Apr 06, 2006 14:23 IST

BHOPAL HAAT will host the Cotton and Craft Fair from April 7 for Self Help Groups (SHGs). A calendar of three-month long schedule of the Bhopal Haat has also been worked out.

The cotton and craft fair would begin at the Bhopal Haat from April 7 and would be followed by the Saras Mela in the same month. A Vaishakh Mela in the month of April, ‘Grishm Utsav’ and regional Saras Mela in the month of May and handicraft fair in the month of June have also been planned.

Subsequently, directives have also been sent to the district Panchayats, asking them to notify self-help groups from each of the districts to participate in these fairs. According to an official release, the letter sent to the district Panchayats states that fairs for SHGs would be organised at the Bhopal Haat  round the year on the lines of the famous ‘Dilli Haat’.

Similar fairs would also be organised at the regional and district levels for which the district Panchayats have been asked to draw action plan. Panchayat and Rural Development Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said these  steps had been taken in order to ensure that work of the self-help groups in remote areas reached the market.

A target of helping at least 500 SHGs by giving them financial support for their products has been set. Instructions for recognising minimum five self-help groups from each district have been given, he added.

Tomar also informed that financial aid from banks would also be given to self-help groups after assessment of their products, concerned officers had been instructed in this regard. Appointment of a nodal officer had also been proposed for this purpose.

The nodal officers must ensure participation of a minimum of five SHGs in the scheduled fairs, he added. The nodal officer would accompany the SHGs to the fairs in order to assess their works and drawbacks, to enable financial aid, Tomar said.