Parkash Singh Badal, Chief Minister, Punjab would formally inaugurate the SARAS Mela tomorrow at Government Ranbir College Ground, Sangrur. Disclosing this here today Surjit Singh Rakhra, Rural Development and Panchayat Minister said that SARAS Mela is promoting Punjabi culture and tradition besides uplifting the economic standards of handicraft artisans and folk artists. This Mela is organized by Union Ministry of Rural Development and Rural Development and Panchayat Department of Punjab with the help of District Administration.The Minister said that more than 500 artisans and artists of 25 states would participate in the Mela. He said that around 180 stalls for sale-cum-exhibition of various articles and goods, embroidery works, comprising handicraft, clothes, pottery, wood work etc.
Mr. Rakhra said that Punjab Government has decided to folk festivals in line with SARAS Mela to promote Punjabi culture and tradition besides uplifting the economic standards of handicraft artisans and folk artists. He said that the success of SARAS Mela implied that these festivals stile have relevance in the modern society.Mr. Rakhra said that in it was first time in the history of SARAS Mela that last year more than 1.75 lakh people participated besides financial transaction of Rs. 1.75 core in the field of trade at Patiala. He said that the Punjab Government has generated all its resources to make this tradition a success. He said that this fair would go a long way to promote tourism in the state.