Giriraj Singh, Union Minister [I/C] marked his presence at 45th edition of IHGF-Delhi Fair Spring, being held at India Expo Centre and Mart, Greater Noida. He gave away the Guild certificates to 12 framers – working in Picture Framing Segment- on the second day of the fair. O.P. Prahladka, Chairman – EPCH, Radhey Shyam Ranga, President of the fair, R.K. Passi, and Sagar Mehta, Vice Chairmen- EPCH and Rakesh Kumar, Executive Director – EPCH were also present at the venue. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfWhile awarding the guild certified framers, MSME Minister appreciated the efforts and vision of Rakesh Kumar and said that he has both emotion and devotion which have strengthened the handicrafts sector.Giriraj Singh also lauded EPCH’s efforts towards creating marketing platform in the form of IHGF-Delhi fair wherein exhibitors from across the country are showcasing their products to the visiting buyers from all over the world. He further acknowledged the role of 70 lakhs artisans who are the backbone of the handicrafts sector and are engaged in the production of handicrafts and commended EPCH for giving them the opportunity to display their intricate craftsmanship in this show as well. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive Keeping in view the vision of EPCH, the Minister expected that the exports of handicrafts would cross Rs. 30,000 crores very soon. The MSME minister also elaborated that he has introduced technology in spinning and hoped it will create employment of 5 crore people in the MSME sector. Rakesh Kumar, Executive Director informed that EPCH in collaboration with M/s Lion India has taken unique initiative to upgrade the Picture Framing Industry in India by conducting GCF training programme for the Indian framers. The training programme was held from November 6 to 12, 2017 in Kolkata where 20 participants from all over India participated in the course. Among them, 12 participants who have passed the Guild Certified Framers examination successfully include Deepak Oulkar from Belgaum, Punit Prahladka from Kolkata, Dipak Dholey from Kolkata, Sanjay Lahoti from Pune, Geovanni Fernandes from Goa, Liza Mayan from Kannur, Kerala, Aliasgar Kanchwala, Hyderabad, K. Narendra Shenoy from Mangalore, Mia Renny from Cochin and others. Shri Kumar further said that this kind, of course, is held first time in India and Mr. Mohd. Asif from Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts was one of 12 participants who passed the examination successfully and was awarded the Guild Certificate. Fashion shows were the highlight of 2nd second day and models displayed fashion jewellery and accessories from Kenway Sartaj Worldwide, Asian Handicrafts, Veva Fashion, Gramin and Vikas Chetna Sansthan and many more.