Union Minister of Minority Affairs Dr. Najma Heptullah visited Varanasi on 30th April 2016 with the aim of “Upgrading the Skills and Training in Traditional Arts/Crafts for Development (USTAAD)” scheme. In order to improve degrading conditions of the world famous Banaras Saree weavers who belong to minority communities, a direct interaction or inter-dialect was proposed. The identified weavers and artisans as well as weavers of the Society got an opportunity to showcase their work. Products from Ramnagar, Lohta and Kotwa were displayed there while weavers got an opportunity to interact with her.