He also emphasised on the development of manual skills among the rural folk to help them survive in the era of "mechanical competition".
"To improve and strengthen the financial condition of our villages, we will have to find a market for village products and to survive in these times of mechanical competition, we are required to enhance our hand based work," Rawat said here.
He inaugurated a workshop titled 'Towards Self Reliance' at Forest Research Institute. He said it was the government's aim to make the self-help groups operating in hill areas so capable that they can become self reliant and can stand strong in challenging situations even after the project ends.

The government will extend support to develop market link for such organisations, the chief minister said. "Hill products will have to be developed as per current demands," he said.
The self-help groups must be provided with opportunities to display their products in fairs at Kedarnath, Badrinath and other important pilgrim sites as per their demand and convenience.
The Chief Minister also gave directives to the Chief Secretary to make a complete project plan for distribution of village and hill products.
"The state's handicraft will have to be given an organised image and there is no shortage of funds for the purpose," he said.

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