Vice President inaugurates the 36th Surajkund International Crafts Mela

February 3, 2023

VP urges everyone to consider locally produced handicraft items when looking for gifts

The Vice President, Shri Jagdeep Dhankhar today inaugurated the 36th Surajkund International Crafts Mela at Faridabad, Haryana today. On this occasion, he urged everyone to consider locally produced handicraft items when looking for gifts to their friends and relatives. He underscored that such an approach would not only help in conservation of many unique art forms but also enhance the economic condition of our talented artisans & craftsmen.

On arrival at Surajkund Mela, Shri Dhankhar and Dr Sudesh Dhankhar were welcomed by the Chief Minister of Haryana, Shri Manohar Lal and other dignitaries from the state. Then he visited the zone of the Partner Nation (Shanghai Cooperation Organisation), the zone of the North Eastern Region, which is the Theme State for this year and the unique ‘Apna Ghar’, a traditional Haryanvi home, showcasing the ethnic and traditional vibe of the region

Addressing the gathering, the Vice President described the Surajkund Mela as an amazing display of the incredible diversity and heritage of India's craftsmanship. He lauded the state government and organisers of the Mela for their efforts to showcase and promote the creativity and talent of India’s craftsmen.

Referring to various innovative steps such as Mudra Yojana, One District, One Product and Unity Malls, Shri Dhankhar said that the Government is committed to promote Indian craft, handlooms and folk art through all possible means. Praising the PM Vishwakarma Kaushal Samman, an initiative for craftsmen in this year’s Budget, he said that it would help our Vishwakarmas to expand the reach and quality of their creations.

The Vice President said that North eastern states are very important stakeholders in India’s look-east & act-east policy, which is turning out to be very impactful. Describing India as a bright spot of opportunity and investment, Shri Dhankhar praised the contribution of India’s artisans and craftsmen in making an ‘Atma-nirbhar Bharat’.

Shri Dhankhar also exhorted the youth to always keep ‘Bharat first’ and asked them to read and practice Fundamental Duties as enumerated in our constitution.

The Surajkund International Crafts Mela 2023 inaugurated by the Vice President today will be open from 3rd to 19th February 2023 at Surajkund, Haryana.

The Chief Minister of Haryana, Shri Manohar Lal, senior government officials, diplomats and people’s representatives from the area attended the event.

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