SRINAGAR: Self Help groups from 22 states of India are expected to participate in the ‘SARAS Mela’ scheduled to begin at exhibition ground ‘Kashmir Haat’ here on September 10.
An official handout issued here said the Minister for Rural Development and Panchayati Raj, Abdul Haq, on Tuesday visited the exhibition ground to review the arrangements being made for the 12-day event. He inspected the arrangements being made for the inaugural ceremony and also visited the stalls.
The minister gave on-spot directions to the Roads & Buildings Department, Srinagar Municipal Committee, and Department of Handicrafts for cleanness and beautification of the venue.
Secretary Rural Development & Panchayati Raj Khurshid Ahmad Shah, Deputy Commissioner Srinagar Farooq Ahmad Lone, Director Rural Development Tasaduq Jeelani, Director Handicrafts Gazanfar Ali, and officers of Srinagar Municipal Corporation were present on the occasion.
The ‘SARAS Mela’ is expected to offer handicraft and handloom products from across India to the people. The exhibition is being hosted by the Department of Rural Development.
The minister called for close coordination among the officers to make the event successful, while he asked for giving publicity to attract people on large numbers.
He said such events provide the “much-needed marketing facilities” for products manufactured by various Self Help Groups.
Haq said the Self-Help Groups from 22 states of India are visiting Kashmir to participate in the exhibition.
“This will help local artisans to interact with various other Self Help Groups coming from other parts of the country,” he said.
The minister hoped that the event will provide a “good platform” to the rural artisans of Kashmir for getting their “indigenously-made products marketed and displayed”.
The exhibition would help the sellers earn “good profit”, he said. The officers present on the occasion briefed the minister about the arrangements being made by the Rural Development Department for the event.
He was informed that the event will have on sale a variety of goods such as home decor materials, sofa sets, carpets, apparels, accessories, footwear, beauty products, kitchenware, and furnishing products.