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In the backdrop of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's visit, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced on Saturday that the Japanese nation has earmarked about $12 billion for 'Make in India'. Significantly, Japanese car manufacturers will now export to Japan from India.
Such flips are of course good as investment and technical expertise flows into the country, create jobs and improve bilateral ties.
All that is good for 'Make in India'. But what about our traditional artisans and weavers in India, who are already making in India for thousands of years. Are we paying enough attention to centuries-old handloom and handicraft trade of India?
Clearly not. Skills are slowly fading away and despite two-and-a-half decades into liberalisation, rural India's artisans are largely untouched by global business.
However, India's handicraft and handloom industry has massive growth potential. Take these facts for instance:
On one hand Modi talks of developing skill and entrepreneurship, and on the other these sectors lie in abyss, without modern technological, skill or finances.
National Handloom Development Programme
Baba Saheb Ambedkar Hastshilp Vikas Yojana
Design and Technology Upgradation Scheme
Marketing support and services Scheme
Research and development Scheme
Human Resource Development Scheme
Handicrafts Artisans Comprehensive Welfare Scheme
Infrastructure and Technology Development Scheme
Yarn Supply Scheme
Mahatma Gandhi Bunkar Bima Yojana
Handloom Weavers Comprehensive Welfare Scheme
Comprehensive Handloom Cluster Development Scheme