PATNA: The five-day annual ‘Holi Mela’ organised by Bihar Mahila Udyog Sangh (BMUS) on the premises of the Indira Gandhi Planetarium concluded on Sunday. The fair recorded sales of a whopping Rs 45 lakh amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
Altogether 104 stalls were put up at the fair by entrepreneurs from different parts of Bihar and other states like West Bengal, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand, Gujarat and Ghaziabad.
BMUS president Usha Jha said they were not expecting such huge turnout of customers due to the pandemic, but the weekend proved a jackpot for the stall owners. “This time, we gave space to some small rural entrepreneurs from Hajipur, Bhagalpur Muzaffarpur and Champaran and all of them made a good business,” she said.
Women entrepreneur Swati Guha made the highest sales and she was closely followed by Sushma Sinha, Priti and Saumya. Craft store has bagged the award for best stall while Eco Rhythm got prize for selling eco-friendly products. Chitan Jain got the award for his contributions during the Covid pandemic.
Chief general manager (CGM) of National Bank For Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD)-Bihar, Sunil Kumar, who was the chief guest at the concluding function, said women are experts in multitasking. “Their self-reliance will strengthen the state and its economy,” he added.
Project director of Women Development Corporation Ajay Shrivastava and MSME director Vishwamohan Jha also encouraged the entrepreneurs.
Residents of the city too had a gala time during the fair as they went on a shopping spree. One Jyoti Sharma said she bought some dresses with ‘phulkari’ design. “I also liked the indoor plants. I had a good time with my friends on the last day of the fair,” she added.
Anamika Singh, a resident of Boring Canal Road, said, “As the Holi is approaching, I bought some organic ‘gulal’ and trendy ‘pichkaris’. I also bought dresses and home-decor items.”