Prime Minister Narendra Modi virtually inaugurated the Crafts Handloom Village

In a significant step towards bolstering the handloom sector and promoting indigenous crafts, Prime Minister Narendra Modi virtually inaugurated the Crafts Handloom Village at the Viksit Bharat Viksit North East Programme in Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh. The momentous occasion took place on March 9, 2024, in the presence of the Chief Minister of Manipur, alongside Cabinet Ministers, MLAs, and officials from various departments. The inauguration ceremony was held at City Convention, Imphal, marking a collaborative effort towards the socio-economic development of the region.

The Crafts Handloom Village, nestled amidst the scenic backdrop of Moirang Loktak Lake, stands as a testament to India’s rich cultural heritage and artistic prowess. Developed with a budget of 5 crores, generously funded by the Development Commission for Handloom, New Delhi, the village promises to be a hub of creativity and innovation in the handloom sector.

The choice of Moirang Loktak Lake for the Crafts Handloom Village holds significance, considering its status as one of the largest freshwater lakes in Northeast India and a major tourist attraction. The lake’s unique ecosystem, characterized by floating phumdis (heterogeneous mass of vegetation, soil, and organic matter), adds to its allure and provides an inspiring backdrop for the promotion of traditional crafts.

The inauguration of the Crafts Handloom Village marks a significant milestone in the government’s efforts to promote handloom and empower local artisans. It is expected to create employment opportunities, foster skill development, and contribute to the socio-economic upliftment of the region.

As the sun sets over the tranquil waters of Moirang Loktak Lake, the Crafts Handloom Village stands as a beacon of hope and prosperity, promising to weave a brighter future for the artisans of Manipur.

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