Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveiled ‘Yashobhoomi,’ Phase 1 of the India International Convention and Expo Centre, in Dwarka, New Delhi. This state-of-the-art facility boasts a magnificent Convention Centre, multiple exhibition halls, and other amenities, setting a new standard for hosting international events and exhibitions in India.
Additionally, Prime Minister Modi marked the occasion of Vishwakarma Jayanti by launching the ‘PM Vishwakarma Scheme’ aimed at empowering traditional artisans and craftspeople across the country. The scheme includes various initiatives to provide support, training, and financial assistance to these skilled individuals, ensuring their continued contribution to India’s cultural and economic heritage.
In his address, Prime Minister Modi expressed his delight at connecting with millions of Vishwakarmas, highlighting their crucial role in shaping India’s cultural and economic landscape. He acknowledged the need to recognize and support the Vishwakarmas, emphasizing that their skills remain significant in society, irrespective of technological advancements.
The ‘PM Vishwakarma Scheme’ encompasses 18 focus areas, including carpentry, blacksmithing, goldsmithing, sculpting, pottery, and more, with an estimated expenditure of Rs 13,000 crore. It aims to provide training, modern toolkits, and branding support to artisans, ensuring their products reach global markets.
Prime Minister Modi emphasized the importance of increasing the visibility of Vishwakarma on the global stage and encouraged them to become a part of the global supply chain. He highlighted the growing demand for handmade products worldwide, emphasizing the potential for Vishwakarma to play a significant role.
Under the scheme, Vishwakarma artisans will receive training, financial support, and toolkits, fostering their growth and recognition. The government will provide collateral-free loans of up to Rs 3 lakh to Vishwakarma at low-interest rates. This initiative aligns with the government’s commitment to supporting the development of marginalized and underprivileged communities.
Prime Minister Modi also underlined the ‘One District, One Product’ scheme, promoting unique local produce from every district. He noted that the government is dedicated to serving the underprivileged and highlighted various schemes, such as PM Svanidhi for street vendors, as a testament to this commitment.
Furthermore, Prime Minister Modi stressed the importance of promoting locally-made products, especially those contributed by Vishwakarma. He urged citizens to purchase such products during upcoming festivals and support India’s indigenous craftsmanship.
The inauguration of ‘Yashobhoomi’ and the launch of the ‘PM Vishwakarma Scheme’ mark significant steps toward India’s development and recognition of its cultural heritage. Prime Minister Modi invited stakeholders from the exhibition and event industry worldwide to participate in India’s journey towards becoming a global hub for conferences, meetings, and exhibitions.
He emphasized that ‘Yashobhoomi’ and ‘Bharat Mandapam’ represent India’s hospitality, excellence, and grandeur, reflecting the aspirations of a new India that desires the best for its citizens. Prime Minister Modi concluded by urging all citizens to work hard and unite, making India a developed country by 2047.