Context: Union Minister for Minority Affairs recently inaugurated the “HunarHaat”, being organized at Delhi Haat, Pitampura from 11th to 22nd November 2020.

More on the news:

  • HunarHaat” is available on virtual and online platforms also
  • This time, people will be able to buy “HunarHaat” products digital and online also. Union Minority Affairs Ministry is registering these artisans and their indigenous products on “GeM” (Government e Marketplace).

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 the capacity of traditional artisans/craftsmen.
  • The scheme will also establish linkages of traditional arts/crafts with the national and international markets and ensure the dignity of labor. 
  • The scheme ensures the 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.