hunar haat

Sh. Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi
Union Minister of Minority Affairs

Brought up in an ordinary and respectable family of Allahabad in Uttar Pradesh, Shri Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi had been active in social-political activities since his early age. During the Emergency (1975), Shri Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi actively participated in “Sampoorna Karanti” (Total Revolution) movement, launched by “Loknayak” Jaiprakash Narayan and during the movement, he was jailed under “MISA-DIR” at the age of just 17 years.

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“Hunar Haat”, being organised across the country by Minority Affairs Ministry, Govt. of India, has proved to be a “Mega Mission” of economic empowerment of needy master artisans and craftsmen from across the country.

“Hunar Haat” has become a “Mega Mission” of indigenous Craft, Cuisine and Culture and economic empowerment of master artisans, craftsmen. The success of “Hunar Haat” can be gauged from the fact that about 3 lakh needy master artisans, craftsmen and culinary experts have been provided employment and employment opportunities through “Hunar Haat” in the last about 3 years. These beneficiaries include a large number of women artisans.

In the next 5 years, about 100 “Hunar Haat” will be organised across the country which will result into employment opportunities to lakhs of artisans, craftsmen and people associated with them.

The Modi Government is not only providing employment opportunities to master artisans and craftsmen, it is also preserving and promoting India’s indigenous traditional legacy of master artisans and craftsmen which was on the verge of extinction.

This time, people will also be able to buy Hunar Haat products digital and online. Union Minority Affairs Ministry has started process to register these artisans and their indigenous products on “GeM” (Government e Marketplace).

Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi-led Government has sanctioned 100 “Hunar Hubs” in different parts of the country. Training is being provided to master artisans, craftsmen and traditional culinary experts according to modern needs in these “Hunar Hubs” and artisans are being provided national-international markets.

“Hunar Haat”, being organised at prominent places across the country, have proved to be financially beneficial for the needy artisans and craftsmen as each “Hunar Haat” generates business worth crores of rupees for indigenous handmade exquisite products of artisans and craftsmen. These artisans are receiving orders for their products not only from domestic markets but also from international markets. “Hunar Haat” have become “Employment and Empowerment Exchange” for master artisans and craftsmen.

These artisans bring with them indigenous exquisite handmade products. “Bawarchikhana” section at “Hunar Haat” provides taste of traditional delicacies of several states to the lakhs of visitors who come to each “Hunar Haat”. Cultural programmes, being organized daily are also a major attraction of the “Hunar Haat”.

The 21st “Hunar Haat” has been organised in Ranchi, Jharkhand (from 01st to 08th March, 2020) while the “Hunar Haat” in Chandigarh(from 12th to 25th September, 2020) is the 22nd “Hunar Haat” of the Minority Affairs Ministry. So far, “Hunar Haat” have been organized at various places in the country such as Delhi, Mumbai, Prayagraj, Lucknow, Jaipur, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad, Puducherry, Indore, Ranchi and Chandigarh.

In the coming days, “Hunar Haat” will be organized in Jaipur, Bengaluru, Prayagraj, Kochi, Bhopal, Gurugram, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Goa, Lucknow, Delhi, Indore, Ranchi, Guwahati and many other places.