Topic: Indian Culture, Indian Economy and issues relating to planning, mobilization of resources, growth, development and employment.
1) Discuss the Role of handicrafts in Indian Economy. What are the specific challenges that they face and how can they be addressed?(250 words)
Yojana April 2019 – Magic of Gifted Hands: Empowering Handicraft Artisans
Why this question:
The question is about discussing the importance of Indian handicrafts and its contribution to the economy, the challenges it faces and the solutions to it.
Key demand of the question:
One has to bring out the significant place the handicraft industry holds in contributing to the economy and in what way it is facing challenges on various fronts.
Discuss – This is an all-encompassing directive – you have to debate on paper by going through the details of the issues concerned by examining each one of them. You have to give reasons for both for and against arguments.
Structure of the answer:
Highlight some facts on the Indian handicrafts industry with its importance.
Start by stating how our country is gifted with a rich range of beautiful handicrafts. Almost every state of the country has its unique handicrafts. These products are a part and parcel of the culture of the concerned communities. Passed on from generation to generation, these handicrafts have the potential of sustaining the artisans economically.
Explain in detail role of handicrafts in the Indian economy.
What are the specific challenges?
How can these challenges be addressed?
Conclude that skill up gradation and development in handicraft sector is an excellent approach for development of artisans, poverty reduction and providing income generation which would also help in achievement of sustainable development goals and thus contribute majorly to the economy.