JAMMU: Vice Chairman (V-C) Handloom and Handicrafts, Nizam-ud-din Bhat on Tuesday said that Jammu and Kashmir government was taking tangible steps to address the problem of unemployment in the state with a renewed focus on industrial growth.
He said that in the process small-scale industries would get a further push as sustained effort was being made for its added viability.
He said that employability of local art and craft is an acknowledged fact and government was aware of its importance. “State’s finance minister is involved in a serious exercise reviewing the absorption of available finances and looking into possibilities of more support from the government,” he said.
Bhat said that measures taken by the government include making silk, handicrafts, handloom and joinery items a focused component of industrial policy. “This has earned appreciation from the public and private sector. There is an increased engagement witnessed at grassroots with private dealers getting involved in planning and promotion of the local trade and commerce,” he added.
He said that chambers of commerce and industries from Jammu as well as Kashmir valley and organisations like PHD chamber of the state have a vital role to play in encouraging the promotion of art and craft and in generating interest among the youth to be beneficiaries of skills and tradition.
He said that along with government the trade unions and associations can change the discourse by allowing youth to industrial sector for growth, employment and social empowerment. “A positives trend is witnessed in this direction,” he added.
He said that scores of youth have already shown the way in horticulture and tourism sectors by availing incentives and innovative technologies to be partners in economic empowerment.
“As new techniques of production and quality are revolutionizing in areas like horticulture, floriculture, agriculture and sericulture, there is a greater allurement for involvement. Several entrepreneurs have raised the assets, enhanced their prestige and are becoming contributors to overall development which is a healthy sign,” he said.
Bhat said that like in horticulture, floriculture and tourism activity in public and private sectors, handloom and handicrafts sectors are getting due attention. “Things will further improve to attract business for the state in these sectors,” he hoped.
He said that once all these productive sectors are made more viable, the opportunities for employment and added growth will become increasingly visible and potential for skill development will be channelised in the right direction.
Bhat invited the youth of the state to make use of their experiences, talent and energy by availing avenues thrown open by the government and by emulating the success made in private and public sectors.
He said that as huge opportunities lie ahead for self-reliance, we have to be the rightful beneficiaries for our own good.