Silk Day, celebrated to honor the rich heritage and economic significance of silk in India, witnessed heartfelt tributes from Piyush Goyal, a prominent figure in Indian politics and the Minister of Commerce and Industry. On this special occasion, Goyal took a moment to pay homage to the visionary Dr. Syama Prasad Mookerjee and his pivotal role in shaping India’s silk industry.
Dr. Syama Prasad Mookerjee, a visionary par excellence, held the esteemed position of India’s first Minister for Industry & Supply. During his tenure, he laid the foundation for the growth and development of India’s silk sector. Goyal acknowledged Dr. Mookerjee’s contributions, saying, “His efforts paved the way for the enactment of the Central Silk Board Act, leading to the development of a vibrant silk industry in India.”
“The Central Silk Board Act, a landmark legislation, played a crucial role in the structured development of the silk sector in India. It established the Central Silk Board, a statutory body that oversees the promotion and regulation of sericulture and silk industry activities across the country. Dr. Mookerjee’s foresight and dedication to the industry created a framework for growth and sustainability”.
“India’s silk industry has since thrived, becoming a symbol of luxury, tradition, and economic prosperity. The nation is one of the largest producers of silk globally, with a diverse range of silk products, from clothing to home textiles, coveted both nationally and internationally”.
Silk Day serves as a reminder of the invaluable contribution of silk to India’s cultural and economic landscape. It is a day to celebrate the artisans, weavers, and policymakers like Dr. Syama Prasad Mookerjee, who laid the foundation for the thriving silk industry we cherish today.