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FTAs With UAE And Australia Big Opportunities For Artisans: Goyal

Goyal said that the Ministry of Textiles has a database of 30 lakh artisans and if we could focus on increasing the income of the artisan by even Rs 1000 per month, it could lead to transformation in their lives

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Piyush Goyal

The handicrafts sector needs a fresh, ambitious vision that takes it to new heights with ambitious targets, and the country should not be satisfied with the 29 per cent increase in exports achieved in 2021-22, said Union Minister Piyush Goyal while delivering the address at the 23rd Handicrafts Export Awards Function. 

Emphasising the big opportunity created by free trade agreements with UAE and Australia, the textile minister suggested that the artisans could be provided with a platform in the Dubai Expo Centre for showcasing their products and organising buyer-seller meets.

Goyal said the increase in exports of handicrafts from 25,680 crore in 2020-21 to Rs. 33,253 crore in 2021-22 shouldn’t be the benchmark as the sector has a tremendous capacity to strengthen its export targets further. 

Goyal said that the Ministry of Textiles has a database of 30 lakh artisans and if we could focus on increasing the income of the artisan by even Rs 1000 per month, it could lead to transformation in their lives. 

He suggested that artisans can be linked with GeM. Also, the mandatory clause of GST registration could be worked upon so as to bring the artisans on board on e-commerce platforms. 


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