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New Delhi : Union Tribal Affairs Minister Arjun Munda on March 5, 2021, inaugurated the Tribes India GI Mahotsav at Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration (LBSNAA) Mussoorie, Uttarakhand.

Bhaskar Khulbe, Advisor to the Prime Minister of India; Sanjeev Chopra, Director, Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration (LBSNAA); Pravir Krishna, Managing Director, TRIFED, and Padmashri Dr Rajni Kant, Advisor, TRIFED Atmanirbhar Bharat project on Geographical Indication (GI) products,  graced the occasion.

The Tribes India GI Mahotsav – Invaluable Treasures of Incredible India is an exhibition of GI tagged products and more than 40 GI registered proprietors and GI authorised users and tribal artisans are participating and showcasing their region-specific products at this event.

The purpose of the GI Mahotsav is to increase the awareness about these products amongst the Officer-Trainees and sensitise them about the rich cultural heritage of India so that they can in-turn formulate policies that safeguard the interest of GI products in their region.  Such an event will also provide more marketing opportunities to the registered producers or manufacturers. More than 190 IAS Officer-Trainees and over 30 faculty members of LBSNAA attended this exhibition and appreciated the displayed products, according to a PIB release.

On the occasion, Munda also inaugurated the 130th Tribes India Showroom and Café  of Tribes India at Velridge Building, Near Main Gate LBSNAA, Mussoorie. The showroom will market and promote GI products, high-quality handcrafted designs from different states, and organic products. At the café, the finest of coffees from across the country including Arakku coffee from Andhra Pradesh and organic healthy cookies made by tribals can be sampled here. TRIFED jackets made in the traditional geometric Ikat weaving style practised by the weavers from Pochampally, Telangana,  were also launched on the occasion.

In the afternoon, there was a lively session where eminent dignitaries addressed and briefed the officer trainees. Arjun Munda addressed the officer trainees and spoke about the importance of such events and how promotion and marketing of GI tagged products will extensively provide an opportunity to market India’s traditions, arts and crafts and show its spectacular heritage. Support from administration will always help in boosting the morale of these producers.

Munda also remarked that through these interactions at such events, these officer trainees will gain invaluable insights into real challenges and be more sensitive when they start working in their respective states. Hailing this event as a landmark event for being the first of its kind, Munda added, “The GI Mahotsav where so many tribal artisans and GI authorised sellers are  exhibiting their products unique to their region is a noteworthy step in implementing the Prime Minister’s vision of Vocal for Local and building an Atmanirbhar Bharat. I congratulate TRIFED and LBSNAA and Ministry of Culture for this unique step.”

During this session, Padmashri Dr Rajani Kant, Advisor, TRIFED Atmanirbhar Bharat project on GI products, also educated the Officer Trainees about the status of GI products across India and the processes required for GI tagging.

Bhaskar Khulbe conveyed his deep appreciation of the unique event and said, “Such initiatives will definitely empower the tribal artisans by giving them a wider exposure and larger markets.”

Pravir Krishna gave a detailed presentation on how TRIFED has been working out strategies for tribal development. In his presentation, he spoke about how GI tagging can help preserve the traditions and heritage of tribal communities and how TRIFED has been putting in place programmes to link these communities with avenue of commerce.

On this occasion, it was also announced that TRIFED would be initiating a GI Atmanirbhar Project which will include 50 GI Tagged products that will be marketed by Tribes India. Dr Rajni Kant would be the mentor for this project .