New Delhi: Khadi, handicrafts and products
made by small and medium enterprises will be among several
items to be showcased at the annual India International Trade
Fair (IITF), opening here on Monday.
The first five days of the fair will be reserved for
business visitors and it will open for the general public from
November 19. The 31st edition, which is expected to attract
1.4 million people, would end on November 27.
The authorities have made elaborate security
arrangements, including close-circuit TVs and X-ray baggage
scanners. Also, traffic restrictions would come into force
around Pragati Maidan, the venue of the fair to be inaugurated
by Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee.
According to the India Trade Promotion Organisation
(ITPO), over 6,000 exhibitors from India and overseas
countries like Pakistan, Afghanistan, Thailand, China will
showcase their products.
Besides low-cost building technologies and electricals,
bakery, jute, khadi, coir, leather, glass will be displayed in
the Ministry of MSME pavilion.
Diverse handicrafts from all across the country will add
to the theme of this year`s fair `Indian Handicrafts-the magic
of the gifted hands`.
"This will help increase the visibility...of Indian
handicraft to help promote the cause...as the sector is marred
by low visibility," Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts
While West Bengal and Jharkhand are the "partner states"
this year, Bihar and Orissa have been branded as "focus