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Sonowal takes initiative for revival of bell metal industry


GUWAHATI: Assam government has taken an initiative to revive the traditional bell metal industry in the state at the instance of the Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal  who chaired a high level meeting of the Industry and Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise (MSME) Departments top officials at Brahmaputra State Guest House on Thursday for bringing about revival and stimulating growth of traditional industry.

The meeting discussed about various ways to preserve and develop the indigenous industry through different measures keeping with the modern industrial practices.

The meeting also discussed about methods of encouraging the artisans engaged in the bell metal industry so that they can be enabled to earn a decent livelihood through financial gains. The chief minister also directed the top officials of Industry and MSME Department for preparing a roadmap in this regard in consultation with the local artisans.

He instructed the officials to take action for providing healthcare facilities to the artisans and also to gain insight into their grievances regarding raw material, furnace etc., so that solutions could be found. The chief minister also directed for taking help from institutions such as IIT for getting technical advice and holding consultations with technical experts for modernising and infusing new design elements into the products.

The chief minister also issued direction to the Industry Department to conduct a survey about the potential demand of the bell metal products in the international market and instructed the department for taking action to develop the skills of the local artisans for enabling their products to gain popularity in the global market. He instructed for taking local artisans on board in this endeavour and directed the Circle Officer of Sarthebari Revenue Circle, who was present in the meeting, to play the role of coordinator in holding discussions with the stakeholders of the bell metal industry.    Sarthebari is considered the hub of the age-old bell metal industry in the state.


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