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Hunar Haats

  • 13 Dec 2021
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Recently, the Ministry of Minority Affairs has organised the 34th Edition of Hunar Haat in Gujarat where Artisans from 30 states and union territories have participated.

Key Points

  • About:
    • First launched in 2016, it is an exhibition of handicrafts and traditional products made by artisans from the minority communities.
    • Hunar Haat has been conceptualized to protect and promote the country’s ancestral legacy of arts and crafts in the current global competition and to support the traditional artisans and craftsmen.
    • The artisans selected in the Hunar Haat exhibition are those whose forefathers were involved in such traditional handmade work and are still continuing the profession.
  • Theme:
  • Organizer:
  • Aim:
    • To provide market exposure and employment opportunities to artisans, craftsmen and traditional culinary experts.
    • Boosting the skills of craftsmen, weavers and artisans who are already engaged in the traditional ancestral work.
  • SIgnificance:
    • ‘Hunar Haat’ has proved to be an “Empowerment Exchange” for master artisans and craftsmen.
    • It has proved to be immensely beneficial and encouraging for artisans and craftsmen as lakhs of people visit the “Hunar Haat” and purchase indigenous handmade products of artisans on a large scale.
    • It is also providing employment opportunities to lakhs of artisans and craftsmen from across the country.
      • Presently around 7 lakh people across the country are directly and indirectly associated with Hunar Haat, About 40 % of them are women artisans, and in the next couple of years, around 17 lakh families are expected to join Hunar Haat.

Other Schemes Related to Minorities

  • Pradhanmantri Jan Vikas Karyakram:
    • The programme aims to develop socio-economic and basic amenities assets like school, college, polytechnic, girls hostel, ITI, skill development centre etc for the minority communities.
  • Begum Hazrat Mahal Girls Scholarships:
    • It provides scholarships for economically backward girls belonging to the six notified Minority communities.
  • Gharib Nawaz Employment Scheme:
    • Was launched so that short term job oriented skill development courses may be provided to minorities’ youth in order to enable them for skill based employment.
  • Seekho aur Kamao:
    • This is a placement linked skill development scheme for minorities aiming to upgrade the skills of minority youth in various modern/traditional skills depending upon their qualification, present economic trends and market potential, which can earn them suitable employment or make them suitably skilled to go for self-employment.
  • Nai Manzil:
    • It is a scheme for formal school education & skilling of school dropouts launched in 2015.
  • Usttad (Upgrading the Skills and Training in Traditional Arts/Crafts for Development):
    • The scheme aims to preserve the rich heritage of traditional arts/crafts of minorities..
  • Nai Roshni:
    • Launched for leadership development of women belonging to minority communities.

Source: PIB

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