Giriraj Singh, Union Minister of MSME [Independent Charge] gave away Guild certificates to 12 framers who had passed the examination in Picture Framing Technology on second day of 45th edition of IHGF-Delhi Fair Spring being held at India Expo Centre & Mart, Greater Noida from 23 – 27 February, 2018.
The MSME Minister appreciated the efforts and vision of Rakesh Kumar Executive Director – EPCH and said that he has both emotion and devotion which have strengthened the handicrafts sector.
Giriraj Singh also lauded the efforts of EPCH in creating a marketing platform in the IHGF-Delhi fair where exhibitors from across the country can display their products to global buyers.
He also acknowledged the role of 70 lakhs artisans who are backbone of the handicrafts sector and are engaged in production of handicrafts and commended EPCH for giving them the opportunity to display their intricate craftsmanship in this show.
The Minister forecast that exports of handicrafts would cross Rs. 30,000 crores very soon.
The MSME Minister disclosed that he has introduced spinning technology and estimates employment generation of 5 crore people working in the MSME sector.
Rakesh Kumar informed that EPCH in collaboration with M/s Lion India has taken an initiative to upgrade the picture framing industry in India by conducting l GCF training programme for the Indian framers in association of Fine Art Trade Guild, London, UK to enable the framers to acquiring higher skills and produce quality workmanship as per the bespoke market to International standards.
The training programme was held from 6 to 12 November, 2017 in Kolkata. 20 participants from all over India, came to Kolkata to participate in the above course and appeared and among them 12 participants have passed the Guild Certified Framers examination.
Rakesh Kumar disclosed that Mohd. Asif from EPCH was also one of 12 participants who passed the examination successfully
Fashion shows were the highlight of 2nd day and models displayed fashion jewellery and accessories from Kenway Sartaj Worldwide, Asian Handicrafts, Veva Fashion, Gramin and Vikas Chetna Sansthan amongst others.