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Revitalize bell metal industry: Sonowal
GUWAHATI, Jan 11: Chief Minister Sarbanda Sonowal chaired a high-level meeting of the Industry and Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise (MSME) Department top officials at Brahmaputra State Guest House on Thursday for bringing about revival and stimulating growth of traditiol bell metal industry of the state. The meeting discussed various ways to preserve and develop the indigenous industry through different measures keeping with the modern industrial practices.
The meeting also discussed methods of encouraging the artisans engaged in the bell metal industry so that they can be ebled to earn a decent livelihood through fincial 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.
Sonowal instructed the officials to take action for providing healthcare facilities to the artisans and also to gain insight into their grievances regarding raw material, furce etc., so that solutions can 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 modernizing 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 intertiol market and instructed the department for taking action to develop the skills of the local artisans for ebling 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 at the meeting, to play the role of coorditor in holding discussions with the stakeholders of the bell metal industry.
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