Kolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s zeal for taking Bengal back to its glory days is bearing fruit. Minister of State for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) Department recently said that the Trinamool Congress Government has brought about a marked growth in the socio-economic condition of handicrafts artisans in the rural reaches of the state by giving them platforms to sell their items. He was speaking at the prize-distribution ceremony of the State Handicrafts Expo in New Town.
As many as 40 handicrafts and handloom fairs are organised by the Trinamool Congress Government at various locations every year. During the previous Left Front Government, only 12 such fairs used to be held.
The minister followed it up with another comparison – from the various fairs, handicraft items worth nearly Rs 40 crore are sold every year, compared to Rs 18 crore during the previous government’s rule. Not just that, many of the handicraft items have found a market abroad, courtesy again, the current State Government.
The government is also bearing the travel expense of the artisans who bring their products from far-off districts and showcase them at the fairs. To ensure that the artisans do not face any difficulties, the MSME Department is also waiving the entry fees for the participants.