Thursday, December 7, 2023

33 TS rail stations operate 41 ‘OSOP’ stalls

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In all, 33 railway stations in Telangana State, including Secunderabad, Hyderabad, Kacheguda, Warangal, Nizamabada and Gadwal, are operating 41 stalls of ‘One Station One Product’ thereby giving a major boost to the livelihood and welfare of local artisans.
The Ministry of Railways has launched the ‘One Station One Product’ (OSOP) scheme to promote local or indigenous products by providing a market and creating additional income opportunities for the marginalised sections of society. Starting with six railway stations across the South Central Railway, the region has gained enormous response by operating OSOP at 109 railway stations with 120 stalls.
Among 41 stalls, some of the products include handlooms by local weavers such as traditional Narayanpet, Gadwal and Pochampalli sarees,  Millet-based food products, Telangana State Handloom Weavers Cooperative Society handlooms, Bhadrachalam bamboo crafts, temple deity idols, forest collections, Nirmal toys and local delicacies, while in  Andhra Pradesh, 53 railway stations, including Vijayawada, Tirupati, Kurnool, Guntur, Anantapur and Nellore, are covered with 56 stalls of OSOP. Some of the products include jute products, Kalamkari products, Etikoppaka toys, handmade wooden cutlery and millet-based products.
In Maharashtra, 20 railway stations including Nanded, Aurangabad, Himayatnagar, Nagarsol and Mudkhed are covered with 20 stalls of OSOP and some of the products include handloom products, mats, Rajgira laddu, Jowar powder and papads while in Karnataka, only three railway stations viz., Bidar, Yadgir and Raichur are covered with three stalls where some of the products include handloom sarees, Bidri handicrafts and handmade jewellery.
Under this scheme, Indian Railways is providing uniquely designed sales outlets with distinctive looks, feel and logo at stations as per the design developed by NID/Ahmedabad for showcasing, selling and giving high visibility to indigenous or local products. Allotment is done to all applicants by tendering process.
Arun Kumar Jain, SCR General Manager, called upon youth engaged in the local craft and artisanship to utilise the opportunities provided by the Railways. It is a unique opportunity to popularise the local craft and culture, which will provide an opportunity to serve the surrounding places among the travelling passengers.

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