Varanasi, Feb 27: On the occasion of Ravidas Jayanti, Union Minister of Petroleum & Natural Gas and Steel Dharmendra Pradhan on Saturday urged people to appreciate the local products of the country and adopt the 'vocal for local' mantra given by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The Union Minister today purchased traditional handmade footwear from a local shop, owned by one Lal Bahadur, in the city and said, “The handicraft industry and local artisans are a vital cog in the vision of Aatmanirbhar Bharat.”
“On the occasion of Ravidas Jayanti, (I) purchased a traditional handmade footwear from Shri Lal Bahadur’s shop in Varanasi. Highly skilled in his craft, Lal Bahadur ji from the Ravidas community is handcrafting comfortable, high-quality and genuine leather footwear for the last 40 years,” Pradhan tweeted.
Today, PM Modi led the nation in paying tribute to saint-poet Ravidas on his birth anniversary.
Ravidas, the mystic saint-poet of the Bhakti movement, played an important role in eradicating social evils such as caste system through his writings and teachings.