No govt support for traditional skills

New Delhi, March 12 :

The government tacitly admitted that it had no schemes to preserve the invaluable traditional skills that for hundreds of years have been handed down by word of mouth from generation to generation.

Asked in the Rajya Sabha whether the government had drawn up any schemes to preserve these skills, Minister of State for Human Resource Development Mohammad Ali Ashraf Fatmi resorted to dry statistics that did not even remotely address the issue.

The response came during Question Hour on a supplementary by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Najma Heptullah relating to the Skill Development Mission the government has just launched.

“There are traditional skills in areas like weaving, wood carving and stone cutting. Is the government doing anything to preserve these skills?” Heptullah, a former Rajya Sabha deputy chairperson, asked.