A 30 days Exhibition cum Sale under the public outreach programme was inaugurated by Union Minister of State for Industries and Commerce, Smt. Anupriya Singh Patel at Jammu Haat to celebrate ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahostav here today.
Principal Secretary Industries and Commerce, Ranjan Prakash Thakur, Director, Industries & Commerce Jammu, Anoo Malhotra were also present on the occasion.
The main attraction of the exhibition was the live show of local music by the Information Department, live food stall, Handloom & Handicraft, Horticulture and Archives stalls. The DIPR also organized a Photo Exhibition under the slogan of My Heritage My Pride which was highly appreciated by the Union MoS.
The stalls also exhibited by the different participants having reputation in their respective fields i.e. by VD Advertisers, SOI Studio, Virtues Boutiques, Sana Painting, DSD Garments, AR Dreams, Ashimina Boutique, Shilpokari Bazar, Shiva Diary, Naturis Cosmetics, Kanwal Food & Spices, VKC Nuts, Le Pabbo, KC Biscuits, Saptrang Boutique, Jani Sweets, JK Industries, Iqra Woodsen Furniture, Shape Furniture, Little Arts, Aparna Boutique, Buddha Art Studio, Modern Art, Pooja Footwear, Shapes & Shadows, Manisha Fashion, Libas Collections, SMR Designs and many more.
While taking the round of the stalls, the Minister apprised the success stories of beneficiaries of the Prime Minister Employment Generation Programme (PMEGP) and Women Entrepreneurs financed through the Industries & Commerce Department. Such entrepreneurs are inspiring the others youths to become entrepreneurs and consternate on become ‘Job Provider’ instead of ‘Job Seeker’ for which the interested candidates shall also be extended financial assistance under the PMEGP.
Earlier, welcoming the Union MoS, Director Industries & Commerce apprised that the main aim for the building of Jammu Haat is for the local manufacturers, artisans, craftsmen and service providers to come, display and sale their products so as to enable them for the promotion of their products. She further elaborated that this will be the now the regular feature and such exhibition shall be now conducted regularly. The main attractions are the ethnic local Dogra food court.
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been also signed in the presence of Union MoS, Principal Secretary I&C and Director Industries and Commerce between District Industries Centre, Jammu through its General Manager and Food Craft Institute (FCI), through its Principal, at Udyog Bhawan, Jammu.
On the occasion, the Union Minister was informed that the Institute shall provide the 1 ½ year Diploma course for the Hotel & Hospitality sectors in Food Production, Food & Beverages Operations etc. with its House placement cell. In addition, the Institute will also extend the free of cost courses on ‘Hunar Se Rozgar’ in Multi Cuisine, F&B Service, Room Attendant, Front Office Associate as well as Entrepreneurship Programme in baker, Barman, Cook Tandoor, Halwai (Indian Sweets), Home Stay (Multi skilled care taker).
In this regard, the was Minister also informed that the District Industries Centre, Jammu shall provide the resource like infrastructure, Guest lecturers, field visits to trainees, provide the resource persons during training etc and shall help the trainees in setting up their ventures so as to entice them to become an entrepreneur. The FCI shall provide its resources and infrastructure required in the procreation of students’ career in respect of registration, guidance, motivation.
Later, the Union MoS has also visited the Industrial units at SIDCO Industrial Complex, Bari Brahmana, Jammu i.e. Shalimar Floorings and Uflex Limited. At Uflex Limited, various delegations of Industrial Associations met with the Union Minister of State I&C and submitted the memorandums regarding their charter of demands.
The Minister gave patience hearing to them and expressed her happiness and that the UT of Jammu & Kashmir is on the path of progress and development having the good potential for employment potentials.