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Gujarat Garib Kalyan Mela: Govt cuts list of trades, may give modern tools

For the next edition of the Garib Kalyan Mela, organised by the state government, the Cottage & Rural Industries Department has halved the number of trades — from around 60 to nearly 30 — for which people get self employment kits. Sources said that department took the decision to strike out duplication of certain trades. The list has been reduced also because some trades, like umbrella repairing, have become obsolete or left with very few practitioners, they said. However, the budget of the Cottage & Rural Industries Department for the mela is likely to be tripled with plans to give modern, costly tool to the beneficiaries.

“The number has gone down because we have reduced many trades which were similar to each other. For example, people who move and sell bakery items, ice candy, ice cream, fruit juice etc, used to get cycles from the government at Garib Kalyan Mela. They were earlier treated as separate categories. Now, all these have been put in one category. Similarly, some trades have been struck off from the list because there are not many people who are practising it… For example, a few people now sell datan (toothbrushes made from twigs of babool or neem trees). Last year, we had only two to three datan sellers. Similarly, the trade of umbrella repairing is no more relevant since people don’t get their umbrellas repaired. They instead get a new one. So, we have removed such trades from the list,” said a senior government official of the Cottage & Rural Industries Department.

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