Handicrafts Current Affairs - 2020
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On February 18, 2020, the Ministry of Textiles organized “Kala Kumbh”. It is an exhibition to promote GI (Geographical Indication) crafts and heritage of India. These exhibitions are sponsored by the Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts.
The exhibition has been planned in several cities such as Bengaluru, Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata. The exhibition is being held exclusively for GI tag handicrafts. The GI tag is used on handicrafts that correspond to specific geographical location. As of August 2019, around 178 handicrafts have been provided with GI tag all over India.
The exhibition will include GI crafts such as Thrissur screw pine, Molakalmur hand block printing, Kolhapur chappal, Dharwad Kasauti Embroidery, Anathapur leather puppet, etc. These are all GI tagged handicrafts.
Export Promotion Council
The Export Promotion Council are authorities that assist in promoting and supporting their products in international market. They are non-profit groups. Every council is responsible for a particular group of products.
Tags: Art Exhibition • Export promotion • Export promotion council • Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts • GI Tag
The Ministry of MSME (Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises) on February 3, 2020, provided an update on the SFURTI scheme being implemented.
A total amount of Rs 2.3 crores has been sanctioned for the scheme in the budget 2020.The Ministry updated the house that currently the scheme is working towards the following
- Developing clusters of Traditional industries for a period of 5 years
- To strengthen active participation of local stakeholders
- To make the traditional industries more competitive
- To build market intelligence, advanced processes, traditional skills and cluster based regenerated traditional industries. The clusters will focus on silk, handicrafts, cane products and bamboo in the year 2020-21.
About the Scheme
The scheme SFURTI-Scheme of Fund for Regeneration of Traditional industries was launched in 2005. It enhances production of Khadi industries and artisans. Also, under SFURTI, the scheme for rural industries Service Centre (RISC) is being implemented. The scheme for Product Development, Design Intervention and Packaging is also implemented under SFURTI.
Tags: Bamboo • Handicrafts • Khadi • Khadi and Village Industries Commission • Ministry of MSME