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Metro Mela-2006 inaugurated

MAYOR DR Uma Shashi Sharma inaugurated Metro Mela-06 organised by Madhya Pradesh Hasthashilpa Evam Hathakargha Vikas Nigam at Sarang Pradarshini Deergha, 581/1 M G Road, today.

india Updated: Jun 03, 2006 15:31 IST

MAYOR DR Uma Shashi Sharma inaugurated Metro Mela-06 organised by Madhya Pradesh Hasthashilpa Evam Hathakargha Vikas Nigam at Sarang Pradarshini Deergha, 581/1 M G Road, today.

Nigam Managing Director S S Uppal told media persons here today that various artistic products made by craftsmen, weavers and sculptors were up for sale at the fair. Saris, dress material and bed sheets in Bagh print, batik and chemical print and bandana print and dabu indigo print and leather toys, dress material with embroidery work, wood working and furniture would be available at the fair.

He said that the fair has been organised with the objective to motivate craftsmen and artisans. A total of 35 stalls have been erected at the fair with targeted sales of Rs 15 lakh. Government has invested Rs 3.5 lakh for each fair organised till now and this would be last in the series. Next session of fairs would start soon.

While speaking about government policies for development of craftsmen, Uppal said that government was looking forward for GI registration of Bagh print and leather toys that are manufactured mainly in Indore.

He also said that these artisans are trained and are also provided with raw material by Raw Material Bank. The products made by them are then bought by the government.

Assistant Director (Handicraft) S V Deshpande, who was also present on the occasion, said that artisans are being registered by Central Government and are also provided with identity cards that would help them to take benefit of any of the policies made for their welfare.

Government has also launched artisan’s credit card scheme under which 75 per cent guarantee would be paid by the government. Craftsmen, weavers and sculptors have also been insured at the monthly premium of Rs 40 under a special scheme for them, added Deshpande.

He further said that subsidy of Rs 22,000 is also provided to government for construction of work shed and artisans who are above 60 years of age and are felicitated with any State or national award would also be provided with monthly pension of Rs 1,000.

Apart from these schemes, the government was also planning to invest Rs 2.5 crore to set up an ‘Urban Haat’ in the City. Some places including Phal Bagh and Lal Bagh are proposed as venue. The Haat would provide a platform for artisans to exhibit their artwork and would definitely result in increased sales, added Uppal. Apparel Training Designing Centre in-charge Pramod Yadav was also present on the occasion.