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HP govt to set up 'Grameen Haats' to help rural artisans
Dec '10
HP govt to set up 'Grameen Haats' to help rural artisans

The state government intends to set up 36 'Grameen Haats' or rural markets in several parts of the state at a cost of Rs. 54 million, to help the local artisans to sell their goods in the nearby areas, Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister – Prem Kumar Dhumal, said.

The state government intends to set up a powerful network of 'Grameen Haats' in all the districts of the state at different stages. These markets would provide a platform to the rural artisans where they could exhibit a range of items prepared by them, he added.

The hilly state is famous for its hand-made woollen items like mufflers, shawls, socks, pullovers and caps, gloves, stoles, Chamba chappals (slippers), Chamba rumal (handkerchief) and ornaments.

The Himachal Handicraft and Handloom Corporation, which is engaged in marketing the hand-made products prepared by the local artisans and craftsmen, presently runs 15 stores, with one each in Bangalore and Delhi.

The state government, through the Chennai-based Geographical Indications Registry, has registered the Kinnauri and Kullu shawl, Chamba handkerchief and Kangra tea under the Geographical Indications (GI) of Goods (Registration and Protection) Act, 1999.

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