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NEW DELHI: Sixty-eight companies and five individuals have been honoured by the Government yesterday for their outstanding contribution towards India’s handicraft exports. The Handicrafts Export Awards recognize the excellent export performance of these companies during the year 2012 – ’13, in various handicraft product categories. The Awards also honour individual stalwarts of the sector, with three life-time achievement awards and two special commendations.

 

The Awards have been distributed by Shri Santosh Kumar Gangwar, Union Minister of State for Textiles (I/C) and Shri Rajiv Pratap Rudy, Union Minister of State for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (I/C) & Parliamentary Affairs, at a very colourful ceremony at Hotel Ashok, New Delhi yesterday evening.

 

Speaking on the occasion, the Textiles Minister appreciated the wide and varied range of handicrafts produced in different regions of the country which are already being exported to different parts of the world. He said that although exporters are doing an excellent job of achieving high rate of growth, there is big scope for improvement. He exhorted the exporters to develop new lines, new products and to give emphasis on skills and good quality to make products more competitive in world market. He assured that the Ministry of Textiles will extend all possible support in this direction.

 

The Awardees

 

M/s C. L. Gupta Exports Ltd, Moradabad received Top Export Award (Trophy) for their performance in “All Handicrafts” category. In addition to this, trophies for Top Export Award were given under 23 product categories. The categories include Art Metalwares, EPNS Handicrafts, Woodwares, Zari Handicrafts, Laces & Embroidery, India Items, Textile based Handicrafts, Fashion Jewellery, Marble Alabaster& Crafted Stones, Papier Mache, Iron Crafts, Jute Handicrafts, Glass Artwares, Ceramic Artwares, Aluminium Artwares, Aggarbatties, Handmade Paper, Leather Items, Eco-friendly crafts, miscellaneous crafts. Top Export Awards were given to woman entrepreneurs also, from each of four regions of the country.

 

41 merit certificates were given for top exports in different product categories. Hat Trick trophy was given to three companies for excellence in exports of EPNS handicrafts, Iron crafts and aluminium artwares.

 

Shri Amar Chand Ahuja of M/s Gobindram Ramchand, Rajasthan; Shri Ravish Khanna of M/s Sunbeam Silver Art Industries from Moradabad and Shri S.P. Dadoo of M/s Blue Art Flower Vases Works, Khurja Uttar Pradesh received Lift Time Achievement awards for their outstanding contribution to the promotion of handicraft exports.

 

Shri Nazmul Islam of M/s Fine Finish Handicrafts, Moradabad and Shri Rajan Puri of Roots India, New Delhi received Special Commendations for their services to the Indian handicrafts sector.

 

Launch of Handicrafts & Carpet Sector Skill Council

 

Coinciding with the Awards, a new institution, Handicrafts & Carpet Sector Skill Council has been launched by the Chief Guest, Shri Rajiv Pratap Rudy, Union Minister of State for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (I/C) & Parliamentary Affairs. The institution will promote skill development among artisans, craft persons and workers at grassroots level. This would enable them to adopt latest techniques and become more productive.

 

While launching the Council, the Skill Development Minister highlighted the crucial role of skill development in national development. He pointed out that the percentage of our workforce that is skilled is very low as compared to that in China, UK, USA, Japan and Germany. The Minister said that this shows the great need for skill development in all sectors of the economy, so that India becomes competitive in production of good quality products. Skill India is necessary for the success of ‘Make In India’, Shri Rudy said. He added that the Government has taken up skill development as a mission, as an integral part of our national enterprise.

 

Shri Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, Member of Parliament, Shri S.K. Panda, Secretary (Textiles) and Shri S.K. Biswas, Development Commissioner (Handicrafts) were also present during the ceremony. Luminaries from the industry, handicrafts exporters and the media too attended.

 

The Export Awards: A Brief

 

The Handicrafts Export Awards are organized and given by Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts (EPCH), an apex Handicrafts body, to recognize the leading exporters of the country. They are a part of EPCH’s efforts to accelerate the growth of handicrafts exports. The Awards are given away every year.

 

The Awards were instituted by EPCH in the year 1989, under the supervision, guidance and control of The Office of Development Commissioner (Handicrafts). The goal has been to foster a healthy competition within the exporting community, so as to help ensure steady growth of handicrafts exports.

 

The 20thExport Awards have been given to 68 companies from different regions and states of the country, based on their performance in the year 2012-13. The selection of companies is done by a Committee headed by Office of Development Commissioner (Handicrafts). The Committee considers the performance of applicants and selects the awardees on the basis of their export performance under respective product categories and regions.

 

The product categories include Art Metalwares, EPNS Handicrafts, Woodwares, Zari Handicrafts, Laces & Embroidery, India Items, Textile based Handicrafts, Fashion Jewellery, Marble Alabaster & Crafted Stones, Papier Mache, Iron Crafts, Jute Handicrafts, Glass Artwares, Ceramic Artwares, Aluminium Artwares, Aggarbatties, Handmade Paper, Leather Items, Eco-friendly crafts.

 

Handicrafts exports have been growing at an average annual growth rate of 15% during the last decade. Growth during the current year was 30.80% in rupee terms and 17.55% in dollars terms as compared to the previous year; exports of handicrafts during the year 2013-14 were Rs. 23,504.42 crore.

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NEW DELHI: A new institution, Handicrafts & Carpet Sector Skill Council has been launched by Shri Rajiv Pratap Rudy, Union Minister of State for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (I/C) & Parliamentary Affairs yesterday. The institution will promote skill development among artisans, craft persons and workers at grassroots level. This would enable them to adopt latest techniques and become more productive.

 

While launching the Council, the Skill Development Minister highlighted the crucial role of skill development in national development. He pointed out that the percentage of our workforce that is skilled is very low as compared to that in China, UK, USA, Japan and Germany. The Minister said that this shows the great need for skill development in all sectors of the economy, so that India becomes competitive in production of good quality products. Skill India is necessary for the success of ‘Make In India’, Shri Rudy said. He added that the Government has taken up skill development as a mission, as an integral part of our national enterprise.

 

The Council has been launched at the 20th Handicrafts Export Awards Presentation Function yesterday.  Shri Santosh Kumar Gangwar, Minister of State for Textiles (I/C) presided over the function and distributed the Export awards.  Shri Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, Member of Parliament, Shri S.K. Panda, Secretary (Textiles) and Shri S.K. Biswas, Development Commissioner (Handicrafts) were also present during the ceremony. Luminaries from the industry, handicrafts exporters and the media too attended.

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NEW DELHI: Minister of State for Science & Technology and Earth Sciences Shri Y. S. Chowdary in a written reply Rajya Sabha today said that efforts are being made world-over including in India, to monitor and study various earthquake precursory phenomena in critical seismotectonic regions. He sad this would not only help understand the earthquake generation processes better, but also lead to identifying possible earthquake precursors, which may serve as useful predictors in future. As part of this, a Program on ‘Seismicity & Earthquake Precursor’ has been initiated by Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES), through a multi-institutional and multi-disciplinary mechanism to adopt an integrated approach of generation, assimilation and analyses of a variety of earthquake precursory phenomena in critical seismotectonic environments in the country.

The Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES) has also initiated a major project on drilling a deep bore hole in the seismically active Koyna-Warna region in Maharashtra, to study in detail the ongoing earthquake generation processes in the region. The proposed scientific deep drilling investigations in the seismically active Koyna region will provide a unique opportunity and the much desired data sets to better understand the mechanisms of faulting, physics of reservoir triggered earthquakes and also contribute towards earthquake hazard assessment and develop models for earthquake forecast in future.


Government has taken several initiatives/ measures towards safety of people living in earthquake –prone zones. These include:

Guidelines have been published by the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS), Building Materials & Technology Promotion Council (BMTPC), Housing and Urban Development Corporation (HUDCO) and National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) for the design and construction of earthquake resistant structures to minimize the loss of life and damage to property caused by earthquakes. These guidelines are in wide circulation amongst the public and the administrative authorities responsible for the design and construction of earthquake resistant structures in earthquake prone areas.

Loss of life and damage to property caused by earthquakes may be considerably reduced through proper planning and implementation of pre- and post- disaster preparedness and management strategies by respective State and Central Government agencies in a coordinated manner. As part of pre-disaster preparedness measure, Government of India has completed seismic microzonation studies of some of the major cities in the country such as, Jabalpur, Guwahati, Bangalore, Sikkim, Ahmedabad, Gandhidham-Kandla, Kolkata and Delhi.

Ministry of Earth sciences is also taking up microzonation of other megacities in a phased manner. These seismic microzonation maps are useful in land use planning and formulation of site specific design and construction criteria for the buildings and structures towards minimizing the damage to property and loss of life caused by earthquakes.

National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) under Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), other state Disaster Management Authorities, have also taken up various initiatives to educate and bring awareness amongst general public and school children on the general aspects of earthquakes, their impacts and measures to mitigate losses caused by them. A National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) is also functional under the general superintendence, direction and control of the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) for the purpose of specialized response to natural and man-made disasters.

Timely dissemination of information pertaining to occurrence of earthquakes to various concerned state and central government authorities helps in planning and implementing various post-disaster mitigation and management related issues. National Centre for Seismology (NCS)/ Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES) is operating national seismological network to detect and locate earthquakes in the country and disseminate the information to all the concerned in least possible time.