SRINAGAR: Directorate of Handicrafts has asked all the persons involved in the business of handicrafts in the notified tourist areas of the state to get their business establishments registered, according to an official spokesperson.
All the handicraft dealers are hereby informed that as per the provisions of Tourist Trade Act 1978, it is mandatory for every dealer carrying on the business of handicrafts in the notified tourist areas of Jammu and Kashmir state to get their business establishments registered with Directorate of Handicrafts and those already registered are asked to get their registration certificates renewed, the spokesperson said.
The handicraft dealers are also advised to sell only genuine handicrafts and refrain from sale of machine made items in the name of Kashmir art. They should affix tags depicting price and composition on each item displayed for sale and also ensure cash memo’s issued to the tourists.
The inspection teams are authorized to initiate necessary action as warranted under the provisions of Tourist Trade Act, 1978 against the erring dealers found violating the norms of the Act, he said.
With the onset of tourist season and in anticipation of huge tourist inflow, who visit different tourist places not only to enjoy beauty of nature but also to admire and cherish the crafts produced by artisans of the State, Enforcement Wing of Quality Control Division, Directorate of Handicrafts have constituted special inspection teams to conduct surprise inspection of dealers carrying out the business of Handicrafts in various notified tourist areas of the state, to safeguard the interests of Handicraft artisans of the state and to save the gullible tourists from being cheated by some unscrupulous businessman selling machine made items in the name of Kashmir art.