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All smiles:Rural Development and Panchayat Raj Minister Jagadish Shettar and his wife, Shilpa, at the Shalmala Saras Mela in Hubli on Monday.
HUBLI: Rural Development and Panchayat Raj Minister Jagadish Shettar has said that the department is contemplating holding State-level handicrafts melas in every district.
Mr. Shettar was speaking to presspersons after visiting the 12-day national-level handicrafts and cottage industries exhibition, ‘Shalmala Saras Mela', at Nehru Stadium here on Monday.
He said that such melas were held more in big cities but often not all artisans and self-help groups got the opportunity to showcase their products.
“Keeping this in mind, the department is contemplating holding State-level melas at district centres so that all artisans and self-help groups get the opportunity to market their products,” he said.
He said artisans and SHGs from 13 States had participated in the mela at Hubli and in the last four days around 90,000 people had visited the exhibition and products worth Rs. 95 lakh had been sold.
In fact around 50,000 people visited the mela on Sunday, he said.
Earlier, Mr. Shettar accompanied by his wife, Shilpa, visited various stalls and SHGs and interacted with them. He was accompanied by Deputy Director of District Industries Centre Kiran Adavi and other officials.
The exhibition is on till December 20.
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