Meira Kumar inaugurates "Shilpotsav-2008"

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New Delhi, Sept 23 : Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment Meira Kumar on Tuesday inaugurated "Shilpotsav-2008" exhibition organized by the Ministry.

"The Government has always given importance to the economic empowerment of poorest of poor among Dalits, Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (ST)," said Meira Kumar, and added, "Toeing the line, the Ministry has started many programmes through the State Governments for their economic upliftment."

The Minister also stressed on the greater participation of female artisans and possibilities of arranging participation of artisans in such exhibitions overseas.

"Shilpotsav - 2008" will showcase products made by beneficiaries, assisted under various developmental schemes of apex corporations under the Ministry at Dilli Haat, New Delhi from September 23 to October 6.

Over 2000 artisans from all over the country will be participating in this mega event for 14 days.

A variety of products will be on display such as handloom, brass ware, paper and wooden craft, bamboo, jute, copra products, pottery, artificial jewellery, stone carving and wall hangings.

The apex corporations under the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, that is, National Backward Classes Finance and Development Corporation (NBCFDC), and Development Corporation (NHFDC) and National Safai Karamchari Finance and Development Corporation (NSKFDC) provide concessional financial assistance to the target group for their self-employment ventures.

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