Handicraft is highly promising sector: Textiles Minister

GREATER NOIDA: Handicraft is a highly promising sector and has a great importance in the Indian economy not only for the foreign exchange it earns but also for the employment it generates, Panabaaka Lakshmi, Union Minister of State for Textiles said today. 

The Ministry of Textiles attaches considerable importance to this sector, Lakshmi said after inaugurating the four-day-long 
Home Expo India 2013 (HEI 2013) atIndia Expo Centre and Mart here today. 

HEI 2013 is being organised by the Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts (EPCH). 

Lakshmi further said: "Many new production clusters have already been notified by Ministry of Textiles and suitable grants have been earmarked for development of such clusters for the ultimate product development for export in the country by laying emphasis on quality, design, production techniques etc, besides fulfilling International statutory compliances." 

The Minister lauded the role of 
EPCH for laying special focus on specialities of select regions of India with separate pavilions of products from North Eastern Region (NER). 

The Minister was of the view that regular display of products from these clusters during the product specific shows will have definite impact on the progress of handicrafts. 

Zohra Chatterji, Secretary (Textiles), S S Gupta, Development Commissioner (Handicrafts), Alka Arora, Additional Development Commissioner (Handicrafts), Rakesh Kumar, Executive Director EPCH and other dignitaries from central and state government were also present at the inauguration ceremony.