Governor of Chhattisgarh Shekhar Dutt on Saturday emphasised the need to create better job opportunities for artisans by imparting and enhancing their skills and also creating better marketing avenues for their products.

Speaking at the launch of the micro-finance to Goan Artisans organised by South Asia Foundation (SAF) in the city on Saturday, Mr. Dutt suggested creation of a crafts village to bring the buyers in direct contact with the artisans and making the activity of these unorganised sectors sustainable and economical.

He also advocated the use of information technology by way of having a website of all the activities of the artisans - displaying the artworks with photos, listing the artists community, so that tourist could also visit their place of interest, which would also facilitate an interaction with the artist and link them to the market.

Mr. Dutt favoured the idea of setting up of crafts villages at ten places in each district of tourist importance, where the artist could display their goods and thus give the artisans and the tourist an opportunity to meet in person.

Mr. Dutt also launched the Artisans Credit Card scheme for artisans by handing over a card of Rs. 25,000 to Jyoti U. Parwar, Ramabai self-help group of Thane, Valpoi. Francisco Martins, Vijay K. Jadav, and Rukmini P. Harijan were felicitated.

B.B. Sethi, General Manager, NABARD; B.A. Sheregar, Chief Manager, Bank of India, and Dinesh U. Pai, Dy. General Manager, Syndicate Bank, and Rahul Barua, Secretary General of SAF, were present. Officials from NABARD, Bank of India, Syndicate Bank pledged support to the SAF initiative .