The foundation for the same was laid by Union Minister of Textiles Dr. K.S. Rao on July 24, after having an interactive meet with the exporters of the State.
The facility will come up in an area of 4000 sq. meters with an estimated cost of around Rs 10 crores. The project will have a common facility centre for seasoning including chemical treatment of wood for the purpose of export production, integrated resource centre to provide information to the exporters on various aspects like production techniques, marketing, financing, documentation, internet, books and journals and a laboratory for testing wood and textile crafts for the handicrafts exporters from Rajasthan region.
While unveiling the foundation stone Dr. Rao said, “This Handicrafts Productivity Centre would be a landmark project in Jaipur and would help the craftsmen, entrepreneurs and exporters in the years to come.” He further congratulated EPCH and the handicrafts community for conceptualizing such facility in Jaipur and hoped to have a magnifying effect on the production and exports of handicrafts from the state in the future.
The Minister also urged the exporting community to achieve the target of USD 5 billion for handicrafts sector against target of USD 3.8 billion for the year 2013-14.
Lekhraj Maheshwari, Chairman, EPCH said on the occasion, “Today’s interaction with the Ministers and senior Government Officials would pave way for better understanding of the needs of various export sectors of Rajasthan and help formulate the policies accordingly. The initiative of Handicrafts Productivity Centre would have a very positive impact on the production and exports from Rajasthan in general and Jaipur in particular.”
Rakesh Kumar, Executive Director, EPCH made a presentation on the concept of the Handicrafts Productivity Centre and provided details about the project. He said, “The centre will be able to cater to the needs of the exporters from Rajasthan and help them in developing modern skills, accessing trendy and new designs, gathering knowledge of latest production techniques, quality and technological up gradation, mechanism in manufacturing and innovation in product lines and product development. This Centre will meet the demands of the exporters of Rajasthan and would help to double the exports, which at present is 30 per cent of the total exports of handicrafts products.”