Vice President Jagdeep Dhankhar inaugurated the 36th Surajkund International Crafts Mela in Faridabad on Friday and said India has become the fastest-growing economy in the world and artisans and craftsmen have made significant contributions for it.
"Earlier our country was in the tenth place in the world in terms of economic progress, whereas under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, it has now jumped to the fifth place and I am hopeful that India will soon be at the first position," the vice president said.
He said that for the first time in the country, every person is getting an opportunity to showcase their talent.
Hailing the Surajkund Mela being organised by the M L Khattar-led Haryana government, he said that this fair has an important contribution to making India shine bright on the world map.
Describing the Surajkund Mela as a confluence of diverse cultures and arts of the country, he said the participation of Shanghai Cooperation Organization countries in it is a historic moment.
Terming the cultural importance of the northeastern states glorious for the country, he said the talented artisans and craftsmen of these states who have reached the mela have become showed that under the dynamic leadership of Prime Minister Modi, India has been swiftly moving on the development track.
He said the craftsmen and artists are getting direct benefits from the Mudra Yojana, Hunar Haat and Hashtshilp Yojana implemented by the government.
He said the Unity Mall would prove to be a milestone in the promotion of crafts made by artists under the One District-One Product scheme.
Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar said it is a matter of pride that the vice president has inaugurated the Surajkund Mela, which gives a golden opportunity to artisans from India and as well as participating countries to present their rich legacy of arts and crafts.
"Along with strengthening the unity in diversity of our country, Surajkund International Crafts Mela takes forward the concept of 'Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam," the chief minister said.
The chief minister said that every year there is a participating nation and a theme state.
For this year, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization which comprises 25 countries is the "partner nation" and eight northeaster states have been made the theme states.
-With PTI Input