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Rs 1,000-cr loans given to 11,755 artisans across UP

ODOP SUMMIT With the help of the project, we will soon be able to give employment to 10 lakh people: CM.

lucknow Updated: Oct 29, 2018 13:18 IST
Pawan Dixit
Pawan Dixit
Hindustan Times, Lucknow
Artisans,Uttar Pradesh,Yogi Adityanath
Chief minister Yogi Adityanath distributing cheques at the ODOP summit organised at Awadh Shilpgram.(HT Photo)

The UP government distributed loans of over Rs 1,000 crore to 11,755 artisans across the state on Sunday at the One District One Product (ODOP) summit dedicated to ‘Chikan and Zari-Zardozi’.

Chief minister Yogi Adityanath handed over cheques and tool kits to 10 artisans at the event organised at Awadh Shilpgram here. Loans were distributed to artisans in their respective districts through banks.

Exhibition at Awadh Shilpgram
  • Artisans from eight districts have also put up their products for sale at an exhibition organised at Awadh Shilpgram to promote art and craft.
  • Banarsi sarees of Varanasi, carpets of Bhadohi, leather goods from Agra, glassware of Moradabad, perfumes of Kannauj, sports goods of Meerut and other artisans from two other districts have displayed their products.

“With the help of the ODOP project, we have been able to give employment to 1.65 lakh people across UP,” said Adityanth addressing the gathering.

“Soon, we will be able to give employment to 10 lakh people. Before the election, we had promised to promote traditional art and craft. We are fulfilling our promise,” said the CM.

“The states of Jammu & Kashmir and Andhra Pradesh have also launched the ODOP project,” he added.

Assuring all help to artisans and industrialists, the Adityanath said: “Industrialists of UP have a bright future. There will be no dearth of funds for promotion of artisans. The government will also assist in branding and marketing of products.”

Attacking the previous state governments, the CM said: “Previous governments did nothing for artisans. Instead, they played politics of divide and rule. Youths had no option but to migrate from the state.”

UNIQUE PRODUCTS
  • The UP government launched the ODOP project on January 24 this year to promote local products across the state.
  • It has identified 75 products in as many districts that are indigenous. These products have made the respective districts famous.
  • On the long list of 75 products are the world famous carpets of Bhadohi, brassware of Moradabad, locks of Aligarh, famous black pottery of Mirzapur, crockery of Khurja, leather of Agra and Kanpur and chikan of Lucknow among other products.

The traders, selected under the ODOP project, doing brisk business on e-tailer, Amazon were also felicitated by the CM.

Also speaking on the occasion, Satyadev Pachauri, minister for khadi and village industries, stated that the ODOP project played a major role in reviving the micro small and medium enterprises (MSME) sector in the state.

Anup Chandra Pandey, chief secretary in the state government, stated Amazon had started providing training to artisans and industrialists in several districts.

“Amazon has provided a platform to 150 industrialists. IKEA is associating itself with artisans of wood craft in Saharanpur and Bareilly,” said Pandey.

IKEA is an international home furniture brand of Sweden. Representatives of Amazon and IKEA also addressed the gathering.

First Published: Oct 29, 2018 13:18 IST