Work to create jobs for 17 lakh artisans, artisans via ‘Hunar Haat’: Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi

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Over the past five years, ‘Hunar Haat’ has provided employment opportunities for more than seven lakhs of indigenous artisans and craftspeople, and the goal is to increase this number to 17 lakhs over the next two years, has Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said on Saturday.

Speaking to the media ahead of a 10-day Hunar Haat – the Centre’s initiative to promote India’s traditional crafts, cuisine and culture – which will be held here in Gujarat from Sunday, Naqvi said that this initiative has helped artisans to connect to their ancestral skills tradition and generate employment.

“More than seven lakhs of artisans and craftsmen have been offered jobs and employment opportunities through the organization of Hunar Haat in different parts of the country. Our effort is to increase this number to 17 lakh in the over the next two years, ”Naqvi said.

“Hunar Haat” is a successful and meaningful campaign to provide opportunities for artisans and craftspeople from different regions of the country for the protection, preservation and promotion of their traditional and ancestral heritage, said the Union Minister.

“The Governor of Gujarat Acharya Devvrat will inaugurate tomorrow the Hunar Haat in Surat where more than 600 artisans, craftsmen from more than 30 states and Union territories are participating. Union ministers, deputies, ministers of Gujarat, deputies and other dignitaries will also remain present, “he said.

The 34th “Hunar Haat” will see an exhibition of handmade indigenous products, traditional dishes, various cultural and musical programs by renowned artists involving more than 600 artisans from 30 states and UTs, he said.

Among other attractions, cultural and musical programs by various artists.

The next “Hunar Haat” will be organized at the JLN Stadium in New Delhi (from December 22, 2021 to January 2, 2022).

In the coming days, “Hunar Haats” will also be organized in Mysuru, Guwahati, Pune, Ahmedabad, Bhopal, Patna, Puducherry, Mumbai, Jammu, Chennai, Chandigarh, Agra, Prayagraj, Goa, Jaipur, Bengaluru, Kota, Sikkim, Srinagar , Leh, Shillong, Ranchi, Agartala and other places, Naqvi said.

A meeting of the parliamentary advisory committee of the ministry and a two-day meeting of ministers of social and minority protection, secretaries and senior officials of state and UT governments will be held on 20 and 21 January 2022 at “Kutch Rann Utsav” in Gujarat.

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