A handicraft exhibition of eco-friendly products made by the members of Self-Help Groups (SHGs) has been organised at Delhi Jal Board Headquarters. Chief Executive Officer of Delhi Jal Board,P Krishnamurthy, inaugurated the handicraft exhibition today. Directors and senior officials of various departments of Delhi Jal Board were also present on the occasion. Krishnamurthy and other officials of Delhi Jal Board visited the stalls put up in the exhibition, interacted with the SHG members and enquired about their products. He appreciated the efforts being made by the SHG members to make themselves self-reliant. He was impressed by the handicraft products made by the Self-Help Groups that are environment friendly and do not harm nature. He said that such efforts are important for the protection of the environment and the cleanliness of the Yamuna River.
On the occasion people were made aware of the environment and Yamuna through eco-friendly handicraft exhibition. The members of Self Help Groups have put up multiple stalls in the exhibition and displayed their environment-friendly handicraft products such as jute and cloth bags, natural colours made from flowers and vegetables, seeds balls, paper pens made from seeds caps, handmade soaps, clay pots, jewellery and toys, Madhubani paintings, clothes, decorative accessories for homes and many more. The exhibition showed that such products could be created by ‘re-using’ the discarded materials from households that people usually consider as waste or garbage and throw them away in dustbins, drains and rivers. Visitors showed a lot of enthusiasm about the exhibition. People were not only informed about the handicraft products made by reusing the articles but also made purchases in the exhibition. Visitors were happy to visit the exhibition as they were apprised that many discarded household materials could be re-used to create multiple beautiful handicraft products. Also, in doing so, they would step-up the circular economy and help protect the natural environment and also contribute to the cleaning of the Yamuna River.
A total of 12 Self Help Groups associated with "Partner NGOs" of Delhi Jal Board participated in this exhibition. The four "Partner NGOs" of Delhi Jal Board namely Hariyali Center for Rural Development, Social Network India, Ruler Education and Welfare Society and Ganga Devi Educational Society are generating awareness about the environment and Yamuna cleaning in Delhi. The NGOs, along with Self Help Groups, are also working on women empowerment and making the women of the national capital self-reliant. They are running various programs to strengthen the social and economic status of the women by engaging poor and needy women in these Self-Help Groups. The objective of the organization of the handcrafts exhibition by Self Help Groups at Delhi Jal Board Headquarters is to offer them a platform to showcase their art and basic skills which will further help them to become self-reliant.