Faridabad, Feb 1 : President Ram Nath Kovind on Saturday inaugurated the 34th edition of Surajkund Crafts Fair 2020 here. He said occasions such as Surajkund Mela provides ordinary craftsmen and artisans real recognition and value for their skills. It also provides them an excellent opportunity to display and sell their products directly to customers.
The Surajkund Mela has saved India's various remarkable craft traditions from extinction. For many craftsmen, artisans and weavers, this fair is major source of their annual income. Haryana Governor Satyadev Narayan Arya, Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar and Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur were also present on the occasion.
The President said that we should be proud of the items made by craftsmen of our country. He reiterated mantra of ‘Buy local for a better tomorrow’ and urged everyone to transform the philosophy into a movement. He said that by using locally manufactured products, we would be able to help the small entrepreneurs in our area to a great extent.
The 16-day-long annual art and cultural extravaganza, hosted by the Surajkund Mela Authority in collaboration with the Union Ministries of Tourism, Textiles, Culture, External Affairs, Department of Tourism, Government of Haryana and Haryana Tourism Corporation. This time the crafts fair witnesses tightest-ever security with the deployment of more police personnel and gadgets to keep an eye on the safety of visitors.(UNI)