West Bengal rural craft hubs help artisans double their incomes

 The average monthly income of artisans from a host of West Bengal districts has almost doubled in the last one year, thanks to the Rural Crafts Hubs, a state government initiative.

The department of micro, small and medium enterprises and textiles and UNESCO that had taken up a joint initiative of developing 10 Rural Craft Hubs of West Bengal at 11 locations in nine districts covering has employed 3,000 rural handicraft artists since September 2013. The average monthly income of artisans from Paschim Medinipur, which is famous for Patachitra, stood at Rs 10,000 against Rs 4,000 in 2014. Dokra artisans from Bardhaman took home Rs 4,140 as against Rs 2,300 a month only in 20 ..

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