Why in news?
- After a gap of about 5 months due to the Corona pandemic, “Hunar Haat” will restart from September 2020 with the theme of “Local to Global”.
- Hunar Haat has become “Empowerment Exchange” of artisans and craftsmen from across the country.
- Hunar Haat provides market and opportunity to master artisans and craftsmen from remote areas of the country.
- The Hunar Haat is an effective platform wherein opportunity is given to artisans/craftsmen and culinary experts from across the country to showcase and market their handmade, rare, exquisite indigenous products.
- Hunar Haat is being implemented from 2016-17 as a component of USTTAD scheme.
- Ministry of Minority Affairs launched Upgrading the Skills and Training in Traditional Arts/ Crafts for Development (USTTAD) scheme in May, 2015 to preserve the rich heritage of traditional arts/crafts of minorities.
- Construction of Hunar Hubs is one of the projects considered under the scheme with the objective of enabling artisans/entrepreneurs to carry out exhibitions/melas/food-courts/skill training under one roof in the identified MCD Headquarters.
- Hunar Haat 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.