AIACA honors craft businesses with Shilp Udyam Samman -ANI
New Delhi [India], February 20 (ANI / PNN): The All India Craftsmen and Craftsmen Welfare Association (AIACA) hosted the first Kutumb-Shilp Udyam Samman Handicraft Presentation Ceremony on February 19, 2021.
The virtual award ceremony was organized to support Indian craft companies that have demonstrated their potential for growth, development and access to new and emerging markets. A cash prize of two lakhs was awarded to deserving entrepreneurs, artisan groups or organizations selected according to established eligibility criteria and a competitive selection process. In addition, all participating companies will be part of an acceleration program aimed at strengthening the development capacities of companies. About 150 craft businesses participated in the awards process across the country.
The AIACA also hosted an online panel discussion on building resilient businesses after COVID on the same day to deepen the issue facing the handicrafts sector in India.
The roundtable was conducted to highlight the critical challenges facing the Indian handicrafts sector, such as cash flow shortages, lost wages, cancellation or suspension of orders, supply disruptions. in the commodity value chain and uncertainties regarding shipments (both domestic and export). after confinement.
The panel also made recommendations for reviving Indian cottage industries, which include measures such as government assistance, GST reductions or deferrals in all categories, soft loans, and interest-free working capital loans. to help production and facilitate access to raw material supplies.
To date, AIACA has worked with 150,000 artisans and craft producers in 23 states across the country. Since its inception, the association has provided essential technical support along the craft value chain to make craft businesses sustainable. He regularly conducts research to address the challenges faced by individual artisans and craft businesses. Through its Craft mark certification program, it provides a seal of authenticity to genuine handcrafted craft processes; a certification widely recognized in India and around the world.
“India has an overwhelming presence of artisanal microenterprises that employ, on average, less than three workers. Over 80 percent of these businesses are self-financing and a negligible percentage of businesses borrow from financial institutions. Since their operations are not organized like a typical manufacturing enterprise, this affects their ability to access finance and credit from the formal financial sector. Through Craft Kutumb-Shilp Udyam Samman, we aim to recognize the laudable efforts of Indian craft businesses and also provide acceleration inputs to help them stabilize, evolve and grow amid the global pandemic. We hope our initiative will help Indian artisans and businesses to create global business viability, ”said Sreya Mozumdar, ED, AIACA, speaking at the event.
“Since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, the craft sector has experienced widespread distress. Now is the right time for us to stand up for the community of Indian craftspeople who support craft businesses by becoming a “voice for the local”. We look forward to joining hands with allies and partners in leading this initiative through our membership program – the Craft Kutumb, ”she added.
The AIACA Craft Kutumb-initiated set of awards – ShilpUdyam Samman – celebrates the creativity of millions of Indian artisans and craftspeople. These awards recognize, inspire and support entrepreneurship within the ecosystem of the In particular, after the pandemic, as artisan businesses recover their lost livelihoods, the prizes will help potential artisan businesses revive and become a sustainable market, ”said Jamal Kidwai, founder of Baragaon Weaves, addressing guests at the online event.
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