I.A.S (Retd.)
Union Minister of State For Water Resources River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation and Parliamentary Affairs Government Of India New Delhi.

TEXTILES

Question No - 727
:
Answered Date : 29-07-2010
Subject : HANDLOOM AND HANDICRAFTS EXHIBITION ABROAD

 

Will the Minister of TEXTILES be pleased to state:-


(a) whether there is any scheme to facilitate weavers, artisans and craftsmen to participate in the exhibitions to be held abroad without charging any fees from them or at a nominal fees; 

(b) if so, the details thereof; and 

(c) the details of the exhibitions held alongwith the number of weavers, artisans and craftsmen sent to these exhibitions for marketing purpose alongwith the expenditure incurred so far during the last three years and the current year?
ANSWER

MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF TEXTILES (SMT. PANABAAKA LAKSHMI) 

(a) & (b): Under Marketing Support & Service Scheme, the artisans/craftsmen of handicrafts are being deputed to international fairs/exhibitions held abroad, Cultural Exchange Programme and Craft Exchange Programme for creating awareness of design and product concepts of international market and for dissemination of the latest production techniques, tools & equipment and technology being adopted by different countries. The handloom weavers societies and various handloom exporting agencies, which are member of Handloom Export Promotion Council, Handicrafts & Handlooms Exports Corporation of India Ltd. etc participate in international fairs/exhibitions on nominal charges under the Marketing & Export Promotion Scheme. 

(c): (i) The year-wise details of exhibitions, number of artisans/craftsmen deputed and expenditure incurred during the last three years and the current year for Handicrafts sector are as under: - 
S.No.	Year	No. of exhibitions 	No. of artisans/craftpersons	Expenditure 
		participated		participated			(Rs. In lakh)

1 2007-08 05 26 85.09 2 2008-09 10 79 192.16 3 2009-10 12 83 1394.93 4 2010-11 05 35 129.00 (till date)

(ii) The year-wise details of exhibitions, number of participants and expenditure incurred in respect of handloom agencies during the last three years and the current year, are as under: 
S. No.	Year	No. of exhibitions  	No. of participants	Expenditure
		participated					(Rs. In lakh)

1 2007-08 7 113 158.14 2 2008-09 9 108 140.16 3 2009-10 10 111 246.82 4 2010-11 2 16 46.96 (Till date)