New Delhi: A multi-cultural BSF 'mela', displaying handicrafts and art collections made by the families of its jawans, was on Friday inaugurated in the capital.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's wife, Gursharan Kaur, inaugurated the two-day 'BSF Fete' in a colourful ceremony conducted by troops of the force that guards the important Indian borders with Pakistan and Bangladesh.
The wives and families of these troopers have made and brought a number of handicrafts and unique art items hailing from the states of West Bengal, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Punjab, Gujarat and other regions which are available at reasonable rates at the 'mela' which is being held at the CRPF ground in front of CGOs complex.
"You have made and brought many wonderful things in this mela and I congratulate you for the hardwork that you have put in to showcase it. I am impressed by the collection," Kaur said as she felicitated a number of wives of the jawans for bringing out these creations.
Kaur also said the Border Security Force Wives welfare association should take up more projects for the welfare of the troops and their families.
The proceeds of sales of this 'mela' are utilised for the welfare of the force personnel.
The force has also put up some unique stalls which offer traditional arts and cuisines of select states, especially from the North East.
The 'mela', which closes tomorrow, is expected to be extended till September 23.


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