Context: After a gap of about 5 months due to the CoVID-19 pandemic, “Hunar Haat” will restart from September 2020.

More about the news

  • The theme of the event is “Local to Global”
  • This time, people will also be able to buy “Hunar Haat” products digital and online.
  • The Union Minority Affairs Ministry has started a process to register these artisans and their indigenous products on “GeM” (Government e Marketplace). 
    • The Government e-Marketplace (GeM) is a government-run e-commerce portal. 
    • It is a one-stop to facilitate and enable easy online procurement of the Consumer Goods & Services that are needed by various Government Departments, Organizations and PSUs.
  • Several export promotion councils have also shown interest to provide international markets at large scale for handmade indigenous products of these artisans and craftsmen.

About ‘Hunar Haat’

  • The Ministry of Union Minority Affairs organizes “Hunar Haat” under its USTAAD (Upgrading the Skills & Training in Traditional Arts/Crafts for Development) scheme.
  • It has become a credible brand of rare exquisite indigenous handmade products.
  • Besides handicrafts, it displays the diversity of India’s varied cuisine too.
  • It  provides a market and opportunity to master artisans and craftsmen from remote areas of the country.
  • Hunar Haat plays an important role in national and international branding of the heritage of master artisans in India.
  • It has provided employment and employment opportunities to more than 5 lakh Indian artisans, craftsmen, culinary experts and other people associated with them in the last 5 years.


USTTAD’’ (Upgrading the Skills and Training in Traditional Arts/Crafts for Development) scheme


  • The scheme has been launched by the Ministry of Minority affairs to preserve the rich heritage of traditional arts/crafts of minorities and build capacity of traditional artisans/craftsmen.
  • The scheme will also establish linkages of traditional arts/crafts with the national and international market and ensure dignity of labour. 
  • Scheme ensures growth of lakhs of traditional artisans of the city.


  • The scheme, which will be funded by the Central Government, will prepare skilled and unskilled artisans and craftsmen to compete with big companies.
  • The scheme will provide employment opportunities and a better future to the youths belonging to the minority community.


The ‘’USTTAD’’ scheme is for all areas of the country from Kashmir to Kanyakumari and from Arunachal Pradesh to Gujarat.


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