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"Shri Modi said that the need was to expand the handicrafts industry horizontally by linking it with technology"
"Innovation and research is key in the handicrafts sector and the state government is helping you: Shri Narendra Modi"
"Shri Modi highlighted the Gujarat government’s focus on inclusive growth, and added that such fairs focused on including the poorest of poor in the State’s growth story"

Shri Narendra Modi inaugurated the ‘Garvi Gurjari National Craft Fair & Summit 2014’ in Ahmedabad on the afternoon of 21st February, 2014.

Emphasizing on developing the handicrafts industry, which is primarily run by generations, Shri Modi said that the need was to expand it horizontally by linking it with technology. “Times have changed. Earlier the handicrafts market was your surrounding areas, but in this age things are different. We need to look at quality upgradation, technology upgradation and make-user friendly products that are durable,” said Shri Modi. He further added that by data collection and effective mapping of such families, and the brands they promote, strategies for expansion could be shared with them.

Shri Modi also stated that the focus must be on changing the manufacturing process, ensuring durability and adapting innovations, and mentioned that the State government was helping the craftsmen to achieve this. “Innovation and research is key in the handicrafts sector and the state government is helping you,” said Shri Modi.

Shri Narendra Modi inaugurates craft fair, emphasizes on making craftsmen tech-savvy

“Global positioning must be our focus and if we do that, everything will change. In Gujarat we have made an effort to market handicrafts, and the Khushbu Gujarat Ki ads that market Kutch handicrafts is one such,” said Shri Modi, even as he emphasized on the need to make the craftsmen virtually savvy so as to ensure this.

While speaking on tapping the potential of this sector, Shri Modi highlighted the Gujarat government’s focus on inclusive growth, and added that such fairs were amongst the many initiatives taken to include the poorest of poor in the State’s growth story. When we talk about inclusive growth, it means that the poorest of the poor must get opportunities,” said Shri Modi, while putting forth the need to promote the handicrafts sector and thereby provide livelihood to scores.

Shri Narendra Modi inaugurates craft fair, emphasizes on making craftsmen tech-savvy

Shri Modi also spoke of the impressive scope of the handicrafts sector in driving the tourism potential of a country. Stating that both sectors are directly related to each other, Shri Modi highlighted how Rannotsav in Kutch each year gave a boost to both sectors. “Tourism and handicrafts go together. We cannot separate the two, instead we need to link the handicrafts sector to tourism. Sadly the people promoting tourism are different & those promoting handicrafts are different and they do not meet,” said Shri Modi.

Shri Modi said that the handicrafts of any region showcase the identity of that region, even as it does the branding for the same. He applauded the initiative of conducting the fair by saying that it gave a big opportunity to the craftsmen by providing them with a platform to showcase their products and promote it. “We do Vibrant Summits but this effort is more important for us,” said Shri Modi.

Organized by the Ministry of Cottage Industries, Government of Gujarat, the 7-day fair to end on 27th February, witnesses participation from over 19 states, and will showcase the handloom and handicraft products of Gujarat as well as from across the country. The inauguration also witnessed the presence of Shri Mahadev Naik, Minister for Industries, Handicrafts, Textile and Coir, GOA.

Shri Narendra Modi inaugurates craft fair, emphasizes on making craftsmen tech-savvy

Shri Narendra Modi inaugurates craft fair, emphasizes on making craftsmen tech-savvy

Shri Narendra Modi inaugurates craft fair, emphasizes on making craftsmen tech-savvy 

Shri Narendra Modi inaugurates craft fair, emphasizes on making craftsmen tech-savvy

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Namaskar friends,

This session of Parliament is very important. The country is celebrating the Amrit Mahotsav of freedom. Ordinary citizens from across India are pitching in by organizing several programs and taking steps to fulfill the dreams of the freedom fighters in the public and national interest during the Amrit Mahotsav of freedom. These stories are a good sign for the bright future of India.

Recently, the entire country made a resolution on Constitution Day to fulfill the spirit of the Constitution with a new resolution. In this context, all of us and every citizen of the country would like this session and subsequent sessions of Parliament to hold discussions in the interest of the country and find new ways for the development of the country according to the spirit of the freedom fighters and the Amrit Mahotsav of freedom. This session should be rich in ideas and positive debates should have far-reaching impact. I hope the Parliament should be judged how it functions and its significant contributions rather than who disrupted Parliament forcefully. This cannot be the benchmark. The benchmark would be how many hours the Parliament worked and how much positive work was done. The government is willing to discuss every issue with an open mind. The government is ready to answer every question. And we would like that there should be questions in Parliament and peace should also prevail.

Voices against government policies should be forceful but the dignity of Parliament and the Chair should be upheld. We should maintain the sort of conduct that will inspire younger generations. Since the last session, the country has administered more than 100 crore Covid vaccine doses and we are now moving fast towards the figure of 150 crores. We should be alert to the new variant. I also request all the members of Parliament and to you also to be alert, because everyone’s health is our priority in this hour of crisis.

A scheme to provide food grains free of cost under the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana is going on so that more than 80 crore citizens of the country do not suffer any more during this Corona period. Now it has been extended till March 2022. The scheme costing about 2.60 lakh crore rupees takes care of the concerns of more than 80 crore countrymen so that the stove of the poor keeps on burning. I hope we take expeditious decisions together in the interest of the country in this session and fulfill the wishes and expectations of the common man. This is my expectation. Thank you very much.