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Vice President Jagdeep Dhankhar will confer Shilp Guru and National Awards to the Master Craftspersons on Monday.
These Awards are conferred every year to legendary master craftspersons of handicrafts whose work and dedication have contributed not only to the preservation of the rich and diverse craft heritage of the country but also to the resurgence of the handicraft sector.
The Union Ministry of Textiles will be organizing Shilp Guru and National Awards to master craftpersons for the years 2017, 2018, and 2019 on Monday, 28th November 2022.
According to the Ministry of Textiles, the Union Minister of Textiles, Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution, and Commerce & Industry, Piyush Goyal will preside over the function.
The Office of the Development Commissioner (Handicrafts) has been implementing the scheme of National Awards for master craftspersons since 1965 and Shilp Guru Awards was introduced in 2002.
“The main objective is to give recognition to outstanding craftspersons in the handicrafts sector. The awardees represent almost all states and UTs of the country, as well as different craft styles of different locations,” stated the Ministry of Textiles in a press release.
Due to the pandemic, the awards for the last three years are being conferred together.
The Handicrafts Sector plays a significant & important role in the country’s economy.
It provides employment to a vast segment of craftspeople in rural & semi-urban areas and generates substantial foreign exchange for the country while preserving its cultural heritage. The Handicrafts sector continues to contribute substantially to employment generation & exports.