The Odisha State Cabinet recently approved the Odisha Handicrafts Policy 2019, aimed to boost the growth of the handicrafts sector. The policy also aims to empower handicraft artisans and make them lead partners in development, focus on their welfare and maximise their income-generating opportunities and enhance the State’s share in export of handicrafts.

It also aims to create necessary physical and human capital, revive languishing crafts, preserve craft heritage and develop a centre of excellence at the State Institute for Development of Arts Crafts (SIDAC), an official statement from the State Government.