Pointing towards global recognition of traditional products of Uttar Pradesh, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Monday said Prime Minister Narendra Modi proudly presented them to world leaders during his foreign visits.
“This raises the prestige of the state’s skilled artisans. Uttar Pradesh One District One Product (ODOP) items are now replacing Chinese-made products in terms of popularity during festivals and events,” Yogi said while inaugurating the 45th edition of the four-day International Carpet Fair at Carpet Expo Mart in Bhadohi district. .
“The artisans and craftsmen of the state are our greatest strength. The ODOP and Vishwakarma Shram Samman scheme has helped increase Uttar Pradesh’s exports 250 times in just four years,” the CM said.
On the show, Yogi also said that the country’s total carpet export was worth approximately $17,000 crore, of which three districts of Uttar Pradesh including Bhadohi, Mirzapur and Varanasi contributed 60 per cent. “This is the reason why Bhadohi has also bagged the ‘Tech Cities of Export Excellence’ award,” Yogi added.
The CM said that the International Fair organized in Noida had become a medium to showcase the potential of Uttar Pradesh. He said the International Carpet Fair is another opportunity to showcase the state’s capabilities. “This fair is a campaign to give a new height to Prime Minister Modi’s Make in India and Vocal for Local and Local for Global vision,” Yogi said.
He further said that there was no shortage of skills among artisans in the state, but they could not get technology or a platform. “As soon as our government provided them a platform, our artisans were seen making their mark on the world stage. It is clear from the participation in the fair of more than 450 buyers from 68 countries,” he added.
The CM said that Uttar Pradesh had the opportunity to join the G-20 events in which heads of states from 40 countries participated and the carpet used for this event was made by skilled artisans of UP. He said Uttar Pradesh has more than 20 lakh weavers. The twin-engine government will provide full support to the artisans of the state, the CM said.
Launch of a new carpet label
During the event, Yogi saw the rugs on display at the fair and inaugurated a new rug label by pressing a button. He also celebrated two weavers, Madhuri Devi and Mahajabeen, by gifting them shawls. Madhuri Devi played an important role in making the handmade carpet that was laid in the newly built Parliament House. On the other hand, Mahajabeen has been instrumental in helping 400 women become self-reliant through self-help groups.
state micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME) minister Rakesh Sachan; the Minister of State for the welfare of minorities, the Danish Azad Ansari; Bhadohi MP Ramesh Chand Bind; District panchayat president Anirudh Tripathi, Aurai MLA Dinanath Bhaskar and Gyanpur MLA Vipul Dubey were prominent among those present at the event.