Odia Artisan Honoured by PM Modi During Vishwakarma Scheme Launch in Delhi

Bhubaneswar: Prime Minister Narendra Modi marked his 73rd birthday by inaugurating the PM Vishwakarma scheme in New Delhi, coinciding with Vishwakarma Jayanti. This initiative is geared towards extending government support to artisans and skilled labourers involved in traditional crafts.

During this momentous occasion, Prime Minister Modi honoured numerous individuals, including Basanta Kumar Rana, a skilled craftsman from Puri, Odisha, for their significant contributions to traditional crafts and skills. Rana, a ‘Tahia’ craftsman, was elated to receive recognition from the Prime Minister.

Expressing his joy, Rana said, “I’m overwhelmed and feel extremely happy as my efforts have been recognized by the PM. I cannot express how happy I’m feeling right now. The government has provided us with PM Vishwakarma certificates for our work.”

Basanta Kumar Rana is renowned for his craftsmanship, primarily specializing in creating various ‘beshas’ (attires) for Lord Jagannath. His work includes crafting Lord Jagannath’s ‘Tahia’ for the ‘Nagarjuna Besha’ and ‘Hathi Besha.’ Rana received this prestigious recognition in New Delhi during the launch of the PM Vishwakarma scheme.

The PM Vishwakarma scheme, initially announced on Independence Day, is designed to empower and enhance the skills of traditional craftsmen and workers. It aims to facilitate easier access to loans, ultimately boosting their earnings.

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