New Delhi: With the objective to promote indigenous products and to boost the marketing of local goods, Union Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal on Thursday urged people to gift indigenous products on occasions such as festivals. He also said that promoting ‘swadeshi’ goods would be a fitting tribute to Mahatma Gandhi.

“I request that everyone should spread awareness throughout the country that the gifts that are given on festivals should be indigenous ones made by our craftsmen,” he said.

While addressing a gathering at the inauguration of the 20th Hunar Haat, the Union Minister said people should make a commitment to promote ‘swadeshi’ (indigenous) goods for the next three years till 2022, when India marks 75 years of its independence.

He further added that the move will be the best tribute to Mahatma Gandhi on his 150th birth anniversary to go ahead with the slogan of ‘swadeshi’.

To further promote the local products, the minister said despite pressure, he restricted the import of incense sticks which revived the indigenous manufacture of ‘agarbattis’.