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Thiru Dayanidhi Maran inaugurates Master Creation Programme
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Dec '09
Thiru Dayanadhi Maran, Minister of Textiles inaugurated the Master Creation Programme as a part of “Handicrafts week” at a colorful function organized at Dilli Haat. Thiru Maran , after visiting the various stalls set up by master craft persons at the exhibition , distributed insurance claims to beneficiaries of the Rajiv Gandhi Shilpi Swasthya Bima Yojana in the presence of the Tmt. Panabaaka Lakshmi, Minister of State for Textiles.

While speaking on the occasion, Thiru. Maran appreciated the Master Creation of around 200 Shilp Gurus, National Awardees and National Merit Certificate Holders spanning handicraft and handloom sectors. The Minister informed that Textiles Ministry is implementing six schemes for the holistic growth and development of the handicraft sector. The Government had adopted cluster based developmental approach where infrastructural support,design inputs and market linkages are provided to the artisans to enable them to produce contemporary and marketable products. Four handicraft mega clusters are being developed at Moradabad (U.P.), Narsapur(A.P), Srinagar(J&K) and Badhoi(U.P), the work at Moradabad and Narsapur had commenced and work at others will commence shortly, said the Minister.

Thiru Maran suggested exploring the possibility to organize an exclusive exhibition of cluster products developed around 400 cluster projects being implemented across the country under the Baba Saheb Ambedkar Hasthashilip Vikas Yojana. On the occasion, Tmt. Panabaaka Lakshmi, Minister of State for Textiles and Tmt. Rita Menon Secretary Textiles also addressed the gathering.

Handicrafts Week is celebrated every year from 8-15, December.The activities this year have been planned by the Office of the Development Commissioner(Handicrafts) , Ministry of Textiles, in such a manner that there is a comprehensive geographical coverage as well as complete coverage in terms of stakeholders. The activities during the handicraft week commenced from New Delhi .

The second stage of activities will cover Kolkata, Mumbai, Chennai, Lucknow and Guwahati and craft awareness programmes will be organized at school level to sensitize and disseminate information about our traditional heritage to impressionable minds. In addition, artisans will be disseminated innovative designs by the Regional Design & Technical Development Centers through design Development Workshops.

As a part of handicraft week, a workshop will be organized in each of the identified 60 district to disseminate the information about different schemes being implemented for the welfare of the artisans. During the workshop, a health camp will be organized in collaboration where artisans will be medically examined free of cost and reimbursement claim cheques will be distributed to the beneficiaries artisans.

The Handicrafts week at Dilli Haat, will culminate on December 15,2009. The products of around 200 master craft persons both from Handicrafts and Handloom sectors are exhibited. The product range has the essence of entire country and entire craft panorama of the country, which is being showcased at a single place.

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