Raebareli enjoys a very long history of traditional arts. Shoes (NAAGRE) of Semrauta, brassware of Maharajganj and earthen toys of Kakoran are living examples of craftsmanship for which Raebareli was always famous.
In modern times, however, Raebareli was transformed from the traditional agro economy, and cast onto the industrial map of India way back in the seventies under the dynamic leadership of then Prime Minister of India, Mrs. INDIRA GANDHI.
Free India’s first public sector unit, M/s INDIAN TELEPHONE INDUSTRIES LTD, set shop here. Many small scale units also sprang up, primarily as an ancillray to ITI Ltd. Other industrial houses also took the cue. Today, the Industrial GDP is growing @ 4% per annum, which compares favourably with the National average.