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Programme to develop crafts launched in Mnp

Programme to develop crafts launched in Mnp
Manipur Governor Dr Najma Heptulla and chief minister N Biren Singh during the launching of MEETAC in Imphal on Saturday. (NP)
Correspondent IMPHAL, Sep 1 | Publish Date: 9/1/2018 12:26:22 PM IST

Manipur government Saturday launched Mission for Economic Empowerment of Traditional Artisans and Craftsmen (MEETAC), a new programme aimed at developing traditional crafts/arts as per global standards. The mission was launched by Manipur Governor Dr Najma Heptulla in the presence of state chief minister N Biren Singh. 

Speaking at the launching programme, the Governor stressed the need to put more efforts by the state government to revive and promote the dying crafts of the state. Though the state’s population is hardly 28 lakh, artisans and craftsmen concentration is so high in the state, she said. 

The state government should not only provide support to the craftsmen but also create market for them so that they may have sustainable livelihood through arts and crafts, she added.

Heptulla also emphasized on the need for inclusion of crafts training in the school curriculum so that children are imparted the knowledge of craftsmanship right from the beginning.

Stating that the paradise of Manipur was yet to be explored fully, she said that there are many other unexplored potential areas which can be developed in the state. 

In the light of government of India’s Act East policy, Moreh-Imphal-Mao and Moreh-Imphal-Jiribam roads should be kept in tip-top condition, she observed. State textiles, commerce and industries minister Th Biswajit, who is also chairman of the new mission, said that MEETAC is a new beginning and it would certainly open a huge avenue for traditional artisans and craftsmen. “The state needs to promote all its talents and potentials not only in the country but also in the world. It is high time to explore state’s potentials,” he said. The minister further expressed his gratitude to Governor Najma Heptulla for her committed efforts towards bringing developmental change in the state.

State deputy chief minister Y Joykumar, CAF & PD minister Karam Shyam and water resources minister Letpao Haokip also attended the function.

MEETAC is an autonomous society set up on December 29, 2017 by Manipur government under the department of textiles, commerce and industries with a vision to promote inclusive growth by developing traditional crafts/arts sector of the state as per global standards and making it an important spoke in the wheel of economic activities. 

Textiles (handicrafts/handlooms), pottery, cane and bamboo crafts, jewellery (gold and non-gold), reed craft, stone carving, wood carving, dolls and toys, block printing, terracotta, hand embroidery (Zari etc) and tribal arts/crafts etc are the some of the listed items which are to be covered under the sub-mission.

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