In many villages of Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh, manufacture of cottage products has taken the shape of cottage industry. Beautiful useful articles prepared by the villagers from the moonj are reaching the big cities of the country. With the inclusion of the moonj craft in the One District One Product (ODOP) scheme of the UP government, new hope has been raised among the families associated with this mode. Especially for women, it has started becoming a great way to stand on their own feet.
In many villages in the Naini area of Prayagraj, women are making Beautiful products of moonj sitting at home. Till now their product was sold in the local market. But now a big market is becoming available. He hopes that the Common Facility Center and showroom that will be opened on the government’s effort will change his life.
In various villages including Madauka, Piparsa, Indalpur, Dandi, Maheva Purab Patti and Maheva Paschim Patti, Bhadha in the Naini region, women make a wide variety of decorative items ranging from moons to bread boxes. Previously, the market of Chowk and Kotwali was available in the city to sell their goods. But ever since Moonz joined the ODOP, he has expanded the scope of his work and skills in the efforts of the government. Feroza Begum of Maheva East Patti, who received a state award for picnic bags in January 2019, says that traders from outside districts place orders in bulk, which fetches higher profits. A businessman from Moradabad placed an order of 90 thousand but was able to deliver only 50 thousand goods within the time. Sabina, Shahana and Taneja tell that during the time of marriage and marriage, the sales of the month goes up to Rs 20-25 thousand. Packs, baskets, bread boxes, flower pots, purses, night lamps, wall hangings, paperweight, pen holders, T-coaster and other household decorative items are being prepared from the moonj.
What is a district a product
This is an ambitious scheme of the Government of Uttar Pradesh. Its objective is to encourage the specific crafts and products of the state which are not available anywhere else in the country. Such as ancient and nutritious black-colored rice, rare wheat stalk crafts, world-famous chikankari, zari-zardozi work on clothes, intricate craftwork from horns and bones derived from dead animals that are an alternative to ivory … etc. Many of these products are GI tags (geographical identification plaque holders). These are products that identify location-specific.
Ajay Kumar Chaurasia, Deputy Commissioner of Industries, Prayagraj district, said that to boost the sale of materials made of mung, the government is giving loans and subsidy on the opening of showrooms. People associated with this business can open showrooms themselves. In this, people who are competent are being encouraged to open showrooms. A Common Facility Center will also be set up in the Naini area soon to improve the quality of products.