New Delhi, July 24, 2021: Dr. Virendra Kumar, Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment, virtually inaugurated the “5th North-East India Traditional Fashion Week (NEIFW) 2021” in the presence of Ministers of State for Social Justice and Empowerment Km. Pratima Bhoumik and A. Narayanaswamy. Secretary, Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (DEPwD) Anjali Bhawra was also present in the inaugural ceremony.
Speaking on the occasion, Union Minister Dr. Virendra Kumar welcomed all and congratulated the Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (DEPwD) and its National Institute, NIEPVD, for this innovative programme for divyangjan of North-East.
He assured to make it an annual event to promote indigenous and traditional skills across India including North-East and preserve the heritage of each community of North-East through this divyangjan movement. He opined that under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi , several national mission programs are being implemented and successfully operated and the citizens of the country are getting benefited from it. Thus, it’s necessary that all the National Institutions of DEPwD must act as a strong link and expand their services so that the divyangjan get full benefit of all these national mission programs like Samagra Shiksha Abhiyan, National Bamboo Mission, Skill Development etc.
NIEPVD, Dehradun is organizing the NEIFW 2021 with the objective to cater to the divyang populace and stakeholders from the NorthEast to promote the arts and artisans of North-East India. It aims to empower and uplift the Divyangjan from the various tribes and ethnic groups of North-East and to encourage the textile and craft industry to take an inclusionary approach. The NEIFW has focused on- Skilling and Entrepreneurship Building; Artisan Training Workshop; Exhibition of Divyang Artisans; Traditional Dress Show and Traditional Cultural Festival; that will not just create awareness about the skills and abilities of divyangjan but also help promote their employment avenues.