hunarhaat-returns-after-a-gap-of-several-months-summary

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

Aims

  • 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.

Finance:

  • 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.

Applicability

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