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Health of handicraft & craftsmen concerned

May '07
Indian handicraft has carved a niche in world markets but the craftsmen, who are the custodians of our culture, have been in the background. Their pangs and problems are either not listened to or winked at.

Though, much has been done till the date, it was on experiment basis.

Rajiv Gandhi Shilpi Swasthya Samaj Bima Yojna is a hope to craftsmen. The scheme includes Health Cards and Artisan Identity Cards to craftsmen.

The event was held today at Sardar Patel Institute of Public Administration (SPIPA), Ahmedabad, where Shankersinh Vaghela, Union Textile Minster, E V K S Elangovan, Minister of State for Textiles, A K Singh, Secreatary, Textile Ministry, Sanjay Agarwal, Development Commissioner (Handicrafts) and Sandeep Srivastav, Additional Commissioner (Handicrafts) graced the event.

Under the aegis of Ministry of Textiles, these artisans were distributed Health Cards and Artisan Identity Cards by Shankersinh Vaghela, Union Textile Minster.

The scheme includes total 20000 artisans and craftsmen, who will be provided with insurance policy of Rs1 lakh each. Every artisan will have to pay premium of Rs100/- (for tribal artisan) and Rs200/- (for non-tribal artisan). The equal amount of premium will be given by Government. The amount will be given through NGOs active in the uplift of this community.

A K Singh, Secretary, Ministry of Textile said that such a comprehensive scheme for weavers has been introduced for the first time. He also added that the scheme would satisfy social, economic and health related needs of weavers.

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