SIDBI is organizing the Swavalamban Mela in Chennai from February 22 to 26 , 2023 where artisans and entrepreneurs mostly women from across the state will showcase their handicrafts and products . Since last 3 years each Regional Office organizes Swavalamban Mela and this year the Chennai Office is hosting it in Annai Theresa Women’s Complex , Valluvar Kottam High Road , Nungambakkam , Chennai from 10 a.m to 9 p.m .. Our objective is to create a platform which will enable micro enterprises and women entrepreneurs in promoting their products . This exhibition will also help them connect with various stakeholders to maximize their sales says senior official from Chennai office . Industries Commissioner and Director of Industries , of Tamil Nadu Government , Tmt . Sigy Thomas Vaidyan , IAS will be the Chief Guest and inaugurate the 5 daylong event . There will be almost 50 stalls by artisans and entrepreneurs from almost all the districts in the State . The entry is free and the footfall and sales is expected to rise . SIDBI will be keeping a track on daily sales , while offering special vouchers to the best artisans . Swavalamban Mela aims to spread entrepreneurship culture across the country . The main objective of Swavalamban Mela is to turn youth from job seekers ‘ to ‘ job creators ‘ , restrict rural migration to urban areas and to promote sustainable livelihood opportunities . Skilling , credit connect and market connect are the 3 main pillars of the Swavalamban Mela meaning Self – reliance .

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