President Ram Nath Kovind on Friday inaugurated the first ever ODOP summit being organised by the Uttar Pradesh government to promote traditional industries and spur local trade under its 'One District, One Product' scheme.
The three-day summit, which aims to give a boost to micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME), will be a corollary of the UP Investors' Summit held in the state capital in February this year, followed by groundbreaking ceremony for the launch of 81 projects in July.
Before inaugurating the summit, the President had a glimpse of the different products of several districts at the exhibition. Mr Kovind, who himself belongs to Kanpur Dehat district of UP, showed keen interest in several products including pottery, terracotta, religious items, show pieces, brass and glass items showcased in the exhibition.
UP Governor Ram Naik, chief minister Yogi Adityanath and UP MSME minister Satyadeo Pachauri were present on the occasion along with others.
The President inaugurated the ODOP summit by lightning the lamp. He also unveiled the toll free number and website of the ODOP. The toll free number is 1800-1800-888. MoUs were also signed with Wipro GE Health care, Amazon, UCI, National Stock Exchange, Bombay Stock Exchange, with the state government to promote the MSME of UP in presence of the President.
A coffee table book was also released by the Governor on the ODOP and its first copy presented to the President.
UP MSME would also distribute loan amounting Rs 1006.94 crore to over 4084 artisans and entrepreneurs in the state on the occasion.
The President would distribute loan sanction papers amounting to Rs 500 crore to around 10,000 beneficiaries of the ODOP scheme and also provide tool kits to 78 artisans, including electric pottery wheel to 26 artisans from Gorakhpur and marble inlay to artisans from Agra.
"The summit aims to propel ODOP scheme on a big scale for international branding and marketing of local products. The ODOP scheme seeks to promote traditional industries synonymous with their respective districts of UP to spur local economy and create jobs, said MSME and Khadi and Village Industries Minister Satyadeo Pachauri while welcoming the guests.
Eight technical sessions would he held during the summit on handloom, textiles craft, tourism, agro and food processing, credit and finance.
"The ODOP Summit is the first of its kind in the country and is expected to give a big boost to the MSME and handicrafts in the state," Mr Pachauri said.
UP is uniquely famous for product-specific traditional industrial hubs across 75 districts, viz. Varanasi (Banarasi silk sari), Bhadohi (carpet), Lucknow (chikan), Kanpur (leather goods), Agra (leather footwear), Aligarh (locks), Moradabad (brassware), Meerut (sports goods) and Saharanpur (wooden products).
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