Kashmir witnesses spurt in women entrepreneurship

JAMMU: Kashmir division tops women entrepreneurship in the state, with out of 10,700 women’s business start-ups, 97 percent have been registered from the Valley.
Replying to a query by a nominated Congress MLA, Indu Pawar, Industries and Commerce Minister Sajjad Ahmad Kitchloo informed Legislative Assembly on Wednesday that a 10,355 of total registered units by females are from Kashmir valley alone.
Jammu division, which is projected more liberal than Kashmir valley, is much behind and has registered only 295 female entrepreneurs.
Sharing the details with the house, Kitchloo said 10,355 of these women entrepreneurs are from the Valley, 295 from Jammu and 50 from Ladakh. However, he did not mention any time period when these women have registered for opening their own businesses.
In Kashmir valley, summer capital tops the chart in women entrepreneurs with 4293 followed by central district Budgam 2219; southern district Pulwama has 1306 female entrepreneurs. Ganderbal has 918 women entrepreneurs; 748 for Kulgam; 320 for Kupwara; 285 for Shopian; 124 for Anantnag; 75 for Bandipora and 67 for Baramulla.
Of the 295 women entrepreneurs from Jammu region, major chunk goes to Udhampur with 127 followed by Doda with 42; 39 from Reasi; 32 from Kathua; 15 from Rajouri; 13 from Jammu district; 11 from Poonch; nine from Samba; six from Ramban and one from Kishtwar.
Similarly, the major share of 43 female entrepreneurs in Ladakh region is from Leh district while the rest seven are from Kargil.
The minister also said that most of the women entrepreneurs in Kashmir have set up business units of handloom weaving, Pashmina spinning, Kani shawl weaving and readymade garments.
In Jammu region, he said, besides the handloom weaving, readymade garments and Pashmina spinning, women have set up Common Facility Centers and mat weaving units while in Ladakh region women entrepreneurs are setting up Multi Purpose Training Centers.
Presently, women are running 47 training centers in Kashmir region while women in Jammu region run 42 such centers and in Ladakh women are running 13 centers, he added.