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Round Table Conference on Development of Weavers & Artisans

FIVE ITIs WILL BE DEVELOPED AS ‘CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE’IN ART & CRAFT TRADES: CM 

Jaipur,  Chief Minister Smt. Vasundhrara Raje has said that to develop skills among artisans five ITIs in the state will be identified and developed as ‘centre of excellence’ in Art & Craft trade. In these ITIs skill training will be provided in Fabric, Stone, Leather, Wood and Metal Art. She said private players will be identified for each of these centre of excellence.
 Smt. Raje was addressing the round table confrence on Development of Weavers and Artisans here at the conference hall of Chief Minister’s office on Saturday.
The Chief Minister said weavers and artisans should be educated and encouraged to adopt new designs and innovations. She said artisans have to prepare their products according to the market demand keeping in view the design and quality so that their get market for these products. 
Smt. Raje said crafts and artisans can be promoted by convergence of craft with MNREGA. She said handmade crafts have huge potential and this sector earns livelihood for thousands of people. She said there is a need to create support system for the craft and artisans beside developing entrepreneurship among artisans so that they can prepare their product according to the market demand and can do proper branding of their products.
The Chief Minister laid emphasis on identifying artisans and connect them with artisan credit card to avail them easy creadit access. She also asked for connecting artisans to Jan Dhan Yojana, Bhamashah Yojana and other social security schemes.
Smt. Raje invited suggestions from the resource persons and experts present in the conference and said that their valuable suggestions will prove to be catalyst for the change.
Principal Secretary Small Scale Industry Shri Rajiv Swaroop informed that efforts are being made for the upliftment of artisans through cluster development programme. In his presentation he informed that skill development, quality, e-commerce platform for products, excess to the market, easy credit facility and preparation of district wise directory of artisans are some of the main focus areas of the state government.
International Fashion Designer Ms Bibi Russel said Kota Dorea is a proud of Rajasthan and the country as well. She had all praise for Chief Minister Smt. Raje for the efforts she had made for development of Khadi and Craft in Rajasthan.
Chairperson of ‘Dastkar’ Smt. Laila Tyabji, CEO of Industree Foundation Shri Jacob Mathew, Vipin Sharma of Access Development Services, Ms. Meenakshi Singh, Professor of IICD, Ms. Madhura Dutta, Executive Director AIACA Delhi, Aparajia Bharti from Snapdeal, Ankit Agarwal from Flipkart and Ayush Kasliwal and other experts expressed ideas and gave presentations.                                               
During the conference four sub-groups were formed; first one on Design & Innovation, second one on Branding, Marketing & e-commerce, third one on Credit Access and fourth one on Inventory of Crafts and Directory of Artisans. All four sub-groups discussed various issues and gave presentation before Chief Minister in the concluding session.

Industry Minister Gajendra Singh Khimvsar, Chief Secretary C S. Rajan, Commissioner Industry Abhay Kumar, MD, RAJSICO Shri Dinesh M. N., Special Secretary Finance (Budget) Siddharth Mahajan, MD RSLDC Gaurav Goyal and resource persons from the state and country were present in the coference.