NEW DELHI: Over two lakh artisans, craftsmen and culinary experts got employment opportunities through 11 ‘Hunar Haats’ organised across India in the last two years, GoI minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said on Sunday.
Naqvi, while speaking to reporters at the conclusion of the ‘Hunar Haat’ organised here at Baba Khadak Singh Marg from January 12, said such ‘haats’ have proved to be an “employment exchange” for master artisans and craftsmen and empowered them.
The employment-oriented programmes of the Modi government such as ‘Hunar Haat’ have significantly encouraged and promoted the rich traditional heritage of master artisans which had been marginalised for a long time, he was quoted as saying by a statement from his office. The ‘Hunar Haat’ has become a credible brand where exquisite handicraft and handloom made by master artisans and various delicacies from across the country are available under one roof, he said.
Besides, stalls put up by artisans and craftsmen from Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat and other states, several food stalls celebrating the culinary diversity of India have also been put up.
Naqvi said the ‘Hunar Haat’ at Baba Khadak Singh Marg was a hit as lakhs of visitors from India and abroad visited it and encouraged artisans, craftsmen and culinary experts by purchasing their indigenous handmade products.
The artisans have also received national and international orders worth lakhs of rupees, he said.
Approximately 13 lakh visitors came to ‘Hunar Haat’ at Baba Khadak Singh Marg, the minister said.
While on one hand, the visitors enjoyed traditional delicacies from different parts of the country, on the other hand qawwali, Sufi songs, traditional dance performances and other cultural programmes were a major attraction at the ‘haat’, he said. The Modi government has built a “highway of development” by removing “speed breakers” posed by issues related to religion, region and caste, Naqvi said.
Hunar Haats earlier have been organised at Allahabad, Puducherry and Mumbai. In Delhi, it was earlier held at Pragati Maidan.
In the coming days, ‘Hunar Haats’ will be organised in other states of the country as well, Naqvi said.