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'Websites play significant role in boosting handicrafts'
Aug '11
Human Welfare Association, National Internet Exchange of India and Digital Empowerment Foundation jointly organized a seminar in Varanasi on the role of websites in the promotion of micro-small and medium industries, and Banarasi fabrics and handicrafts.

Joint Director (Industry) IM Dubey said hardly 55 million of the 2.3 billion Internet users across the globe are in India. Around 74 percent of these 55 million users are in four metro cities, Mr. Dubey informed, and said that Internet and web portal can play a significant role in promotion of Varanasi's conventional art and crafts.

Devendra Singh, Technical Officer of Digital Empowerment Foundation, New Delhi revealed that in order to train youngsters in website developing, a resource centre was being set up in Varanasi. He added that till now web portals have been made for 20 cooperative committees and voluntary organizations and five handloom clusters.

Assistant Director (Handlooms), KP Verma said Internet or web portal could prove to be an effective medium for promotion of cottage and small scale industries' products and handlooms. He informed that after obtaining Geographical Indication (GI) certification, Banaras handloom industry has marked a growth of 20 percent.

DK Srivastava, Deputy Director of Ministry (Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises) too underlined the significant part that web portal can play in promoting region's traditional products.

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