The Union Textiles Minister Smt. SmritiZubinIrani has urged the exporting fraternity to take care of the welfare of artisans who are the backbone of the sector at Indian Handicrafts & Gifts Fair. The Minister said that design and product development
play a crucial role in value realisation and in turn in the benefit that the artisans and producers are able to reap from their products. The Minister said this after inaugurating IHGF - Delhi Fair Autumn 2017, world’s largest handicrafts and gifts fair. The fair was being held at India Expo Centre & Mart, Greater Noida, during October 12 - 16, 2017.
She noted that handicraft exports have witnessed a year-on-year growth of 13.15% in 2016-17 and has touched Rs. 24,392 crores. The Minister appreciated the launch of schemes by EPCH under their CSR programme, for education of children of artisans. The scheme provides full support to education of children of artisans through open schools. 75% of the expenditure will be borne by EPCH and 25% by member exporters.