PM Modi virtually inaugurates India’s first toy fair, urges everyone to use recyclable material

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday via video conference inaugurated the India Toy Fair 2021 in which he prompted the country to become “Aatmanirbhar” in the toy manufacturing sector.

PM Modi during the inauguration of the first ever toy fair said that the “reusable material” has been a part of Indian culture. He also asked the toy manufacturing industry to use less plastic and more reusable material.

“Our toys reflect reuse and recycling that has been a part of the Indian lifestyle. Most Indian toys are built out of natural and eco-friendly materials. The colours used in them are natural and safe.”

“I would like to appeal to the toy manufacturers of the country to build such toys that are better both for ecology and psychology. Can we make an effort to make minimal use of plastic in toys and use such material that can be recycled?” PM Modi added.

During the virtual inauguration, PM Modi interacted with many toy clusters across the country. He also spoke to Karnataka’s toy cluster who has been manufacturing toys for almost 200 years now and has contributed largely to the India’s toy industry, Modi prompted them to come up with new innovative ideas and make efforts for the growth of the toy industry.

He further said that the toy fair will bring together the stakeholders in the sector which will lead the industry to grow. At 11 AM tomorrow, 27th February, will inaugurate The India Toy Fair 2021. This Fair will bring together various stakeholders associated with the sector. Through such efforts, we aim to add momentum to the efforts of toy industry to grow further,” he tweeted.

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The National Toy Fair 2021, claims to boost the toy industry and also bring back the traditional toys in the lives of children in order to reflect the history, culture and revive the traditional toys and support the toy industry under “Aatmanirbhar Bharat”.

The toy fair has been divided into five phases: pre-school to class 2, primary, upper primary, secondary and senior secondary.

The Ministry of Textiles and other ministers along with the Ministry of Education have organized the virtual event in order to provide joyful toys to children so that they could learn more and the learning for them becomes interesting and easy.

“The idea of a toy fair emerged from Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Mann Ki Baat address on August 30, 2020, where he highlighted the huge potential of toys market and the opportunities that can be tapped to promote indigenous toys. In this fair, along with CCL’s toys, there will be 75 exhibition stalls of the Department of School Education and Literacy (DoSEL), Ministry of Education, National Council for Educational Research and Training (NCERT), State Council for Educational Research and Training (SCERT), along with their schools and teachers,” CCL co-ordinator Prof Manish Jain had said.

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