Bhubaneswar: Chief Secretary Asit Tripathy on Tuesday inaugurated the ‘Special Handloom Expo’ of Odisha Handloom products at Unit-III Exhibition Ground in Bhubaneswar which will continue up to September 10, 2019.
Around 34 stalls have been put in the Expo by Utkalika, Boyanika, Amlan, Sambalpuri Bastralaya & Weaver Corporation Societies from various parts of the State. It will be opened to the public from 11 AM to 9 PM daily and special Government rebate provisions have been made for the buyers.
While visiting the stalls Tripathy discussed with the weavers about modernization of weaving techniques and tools, availability of promotional support from Government and marketing of their products.
Replying to the media query in the Expo, Tripathy said, “Fetching remunerative price to the weavers and modernization of Handloom Sector is one priority agenda of the Government. There are around 30 to 35 different varieties of Handloom products in Odisha. These products are quite popular both inside and outside the country. Government is taking steps to connect the weavers with the trading companies both at the national and international level”.
Among others, Handlooms, Textiles & Handicraft Secretary Subha Sharma, Boyanika President Shesa Kumar Meher and senior officers of the department were present on the occasion.