Union Minister of Textiles Smriti Zubin Irani yesterday laid the foundation stone of the Integrated Textiles Tourism Complex at Nongpoh in Ri Bhoi district in Meghalaya. The Union Minister during her address said that the Central Government is committed to supplement the endeavours of the State Government for development in the sector of textiles; women and child development.
She said the complex and the activities therein have been funded by the Government of India so that the art of Meghalaya prospers. For a state like Meghalaya which celebrates the aptitude of 54000 artisans, it is important to ensure that those who currently undertake crafts in wood, bamboo, stone carving, embroidering, pottery, dry flower and jewellery get benefitted and aided from the Government of India said Smriti Irani.
She also announced that under the ‘Samarth’ scheme which erstwhile plans to skill 7,200 youth in apparel and garments, textiles and handloom sectors has now been extended, after the request of the Chief Minister, and now Meghalaya has the historic opportunity to skill 30,000 citizens.
CM Conrad Sangma appreciated the efforts put in by the Government of India and the commitment of the Union Minister to work for the welfare of the people of Meghalaya. The Union Minister before laying the foundation stone interacted with the children and Anganwadi Workers at the Umdihar 1, Ri Bhoi district.