Bhopal: Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has called for the maximum use of cottage and Gramodyog (village industry) products and emphasised that this would not only increase employment in rural areas but will also help people have access to pure and certified products.
Chouhan made this assertion while presenting the Kabir and Vishwakarma Awards at Gauhar Mahal here today.
The Chief Minister said that he would take the lead in promoting the Kabira Brand of clothes. At government programmes, only the Vindhya Valley brand packed water should be used, he added.
The Chief Minister said that every possible effort is being made to improve livelihoods of craftspersons, artisans and weavers in the State. A policy for weavers will be chalked out by holding their Panchayat, he said adding no stone will be left unturned to give publicity and promote the craftspersons, artisans and weavers of Madhya Pradesh throughout the world.
Additional chief secretary Rakesh Agrawal said on this occasion that the National Institute of Fashion Technology has been approached for designing and turning Kabira into an iconic Brand. Information about folk art is also being documented.
On this occasion a book titled “Virasat” containing essential details about small industries in the state that have been compiled by the State Sericulture Department was released. A 10-day exhibition “Srijan” of Village and Gramodyog was inaugurated. Kabira Brand of khadi clothes, online shopping website and 17 new Vindhya Valley products were also launched.
State level Kabir Weaver Award for year 2011-12
First prize: Rajesh Shravaneker, Second Prize: Mohammad Dilshad and Third Prize(joint) to Narayan Das Lalmani and Zahir Mohammad.
State level Vishwakarma Award for year 2011-12
First prize: Pannalal Soni, Tikamgarh, Second Prize: Kumari Rukmani Silawat, Semra, Bhopal, and Third Prize: Ms. Hajjani Rashidi Bi Khatri, Bag-Dhar.
State level Vishwakarma Award for year 2012-13
First prize: Bhagwan Das Vishwakarma, Gwalior, Second Prize: Hemant Prajapati, Sohagpur and Third Prize: Ravi Kumar Narmada Prasad Tekam, Bhopal.
State level Kabir Weaver Award for year 2013-14
First prize: Aqeel Ansari, Second Prize (joint): Saleem Khan and Ms. Sangeeta Shravanekar and Third Prize: Najeeb Mohammad.
State level Vishwakarma Award for year 2013-14
First prize: Ms. Hajjani Haseena Khatri Bag-Dhar, Second Prize: Ms. Hajjani Rasheeda Khatri Bag-Dhar and Third Prize: Nandram Chelaji Ahirwar, Indore.
State level Kabir Weaver Award for year 2014-15
First prize: Ata Mohammad, Second Prize: Nek Mohammad and Third Prize: Mohammad Naeem.