GUWAHATI, May 11 � For the promotion of handicraft industries, the department of Industries and Commerce, Assam conducted handicraft exhibition in each subdivision of the district except BTAD and KAAC and DHAC areas. This was stated in an official press release.
The handicraft exhibition was also held in Kamrup district, with the participation of handicraft units of Kamrup (Metro) and Kamrup (Rural) district at the ASIDC Ltd campus, Bamunimaidam from May 2 to 9.
The exhibition was inaugurated by MLA of East Guwahati constituency Capt Robin Bordoloi on May 2 in the presence of senior officials of NSIC, MSME and additional director of Industries and Commerce, HK Sarma. The meeting was presided over by MU Ahmed, additional director of Industries and Commerce.
As many as 30 handicraft units participated with their products including those made from water hyacinth, traditional Assamese jewellery, jute products, handmade shoes, dry flowers, incense sticks, wood carving products, cane and bamboo products, handloom products, pat and muga products etc.
The valedictory function was held on May 9 in which Manjula Saikia Bhuyan, additional director of Industries and Commerce was present as the chief guest and the function was chaired by Amulya Kumar Nath, GM, DICC, Kamrup (Rural), Mirza in the presence of a number of invited guests.
Before the closing ceremony, a �buyers-sellers meet� was held at the Rupak Agarwalla Memorial Hall, DICC, Kamrup (Metro) which was chaired by Himanga Dip Das, GM, DICC, Kamrup (Metro) and attended by HK Sarma, additional director of Industries and Commerce as the chief guest in the presence of invited guests including Rajendra Singh, DD, O/o DC Handicraft, Khanin Dev Choudhury, HPO, AGMC, Krishnangi Kakati and Pradhan of NEHHDC and Das Gupta, assistant director of MSME.
In the meet, entrepreneurs apprised the gathering about the problems they faced while making their products and sought some remedies to solve their problems.
HK Sarnia suggested to fix competitive prices based on proper costing of the products. HD Das while mentioning about the stiff competition from Chinese products, asked the artisans to take it up as a challenge and try to maintain quality of the products and fix competitive prices. Krishnangi Kakati called upon the artisans to submit the product details with their brochures for uploading in the website. Certificates and prizes were distributed among the artisans by Manjula Saikia Bhuyan, additional director of Industries and Commerce. The meeting ended with a vote of thanks from the Chair.