ODOP an innovative way to employment generation says Siddharth Nath Singh

Lucknow: One District One Product Scheme (ODOP) is an innovative effort of the state government to increase employment at the local level by preserving and developing the local arts, crafts and traditional skills of the communities of Uttar Pradesh.

Under the ODOP funding assistance scheme, so far, more than 70 thousand people have been linked with employment by providing loans of Rs 707 crore to 5565 artisans and units.

This information was given by the Minister of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises,  Siddharth Nath Singh. He said that at present, the work of setting up Common Facility Centers (CFCs) in nine districts of the state namely Ghaziabad, Mainpuri, Mau, Mirzapur, Muzaffarnagar, Bijnor, Agra, Moradabad and Bhadohi at a cost of Rs 73.54 crore has also started.

For the convenience of carpet entrepreneurs, a raw material processing center is being set up at Bhadohi at a cost of Rs 868.70 lakh. The work of setting up of Hybrid Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) CFC at Moradabad with an investment of Rs.958.43 lakh is in progress to increase the export of ODOP products, metal crafts.

Singh informed that similarly ODOP product is being established in Ghaziabad at a cost of 1488.63 lakh for mechanical products. Modern Tool Room, Research and Development Lab, Material Testing etc. will be available for entrepreneurs in CFC.

Along with this, Wool Yarn Processing Center and CFC related to Raw Material Bank will be set up at a cost of Rs 757.42 lakh to promote carpet industry in Mirzapur. He said that in this sequence, the facility of Common Tool Room, Raw Material Bank and Design and Display Center would be available under CFC to be set up for ODOP product Tarkashi art and textile sewing and embroidery with Rs 100.55 crore in Mainpuri district.

Singh said that to give impetus to the vision of the Prime Minister of the country, Narendra Modi to promote the export of wood craft products from Uttar Pradesh, in Bijnor at a cost of Rs.996.00 lakh for Wood Seasoning and Chemical Treatment Plant and Advance Tool Room.

CFC is being set up. Apart from this, the work of setting up of Common Facility Center to promote ODOP products has started at Mau at a cost of Rs 684 lakh and Agra at a cost of Rs 989 lakh.

Singh said O.D.O.P. under the scheme, assistance was given in increasing the business of traditional artisans by providing training and advanced type of toolkits in the initial phase. Through the ODOP program, giving priority to all-round development of the identified products of all the districts of the state, along with providing raw materials at reasonable prices, as well as to increase the national-international demand for the products of handicrafts and artisans, establishment of common facility centers in each district of the state.

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