NEW DELHI: The most awaited event of the month The 19th Handicrafts Exporters Awards Function will be held tomorrow i.e. on 30th July'2013 at the Le Meridian Hotel .
The 19th Export Awards Function will honour 65 exporters for outstanding exports in all sectors during 2011-12 viz. Art Metalwares , EPNS Handicrafts , Woodwares , Zari Handicrafts , Lace Laces & Embroidery , India items , Textile Based Handicrafts , Fashion Jewellery , Marble , Alabaster & Crafted Stones .
Papier Mache , Iron Crafts , Jute Handicrafts , Glass Artwares , Ceramic Artwares , Aluminium Artwares , Agarbatties , Handmade Paper , Leather Items , Eco-friendly crafts etc.
The Council will also honour the stalwarts of the Handicrafts sector with life-time achievement awards , special commendations and institutional awards.
Dr. K.S. Rao, Union Minister of Textiles, Govt. of India will distribute the awards. Smt. Shiela Dixit, Chief Minister of Govt. of NCT, Delhi will preside over the ceremony. Mrs. Panabaaka Lakshmi, Union Minister of State for Textiles will be the Guest of Honour.
Ms. Zohra Chatterji, Secretary (Textiles), Ministry of Textiles, Shri S.S. Gupta, Development Commissioner(Handicrafts) and other senior officials of the Govt. will be present at the award ceremony, leading luminaries of the handicrafts business, prominent personalities and representative of diplomatic core will also witness the ceremony.
The awards to 65 companies from different states of the Country will be distributed for their export performance during the year 2011-12.
The exports of handicrafts which were Rs. 386 crore in 1986 have now touched the stage of Rs.17970.12 crores in the year 2012-13.
In dollar terms, the exports have shown increase of USD 3304.90 million (2012-13) from USD 2705.66 million (2011-12) a growth of 22.15 % during the period April-March 2012-13.
REPORT BY-SHRUTI SHARMA