Handicrafts dept realizes Rs 30,000 fine from ‘erring’ dealers

SRINAGAR: Handicrafts Department on Saturday conducted a surprise inspection in Dalgate and Boulevard tourist areas here and realized an amount of Rs 30,000 from erring handicrafts dealers.
The ‘special’ inspection field drive has been supervised by Deputy Director Handicrafts (Quality Control Division) in order to check the malpractices, some of the unscrupulous dealers are indulging in, whose actions are creating a bad impression in the heart and minds of tourists visiting the state, an official handout said.
During the inspection, it said, some handicraft dealers were found running their businesses without a Valid Tourist Trade Registration Certificates, Proper Price Tags and Cash Memos and an amount of Rs 30,000 was realized as fine from the erring dealers found violating the norms of Tourist Trade Act 1978 (82).
Warning the handicrafts dealers the department urged them to register their shops with the Directorate of Handicrafts without any delay, and adhere to the rules of Tourist Trade Act, 1978(82) in letter and spirit.
“The dealers should desist from selling fake machine made items in the name of Kashmir Handicrafts. Displayed goods should be properly labeled with price tags and sold under proper cash memos,” it said.
It also said that any handicraft dealer found violating the norms of the said act shall be strictly dealt under the law.
The department also appealed people and those concerned with handicrafts trade and requested them to extend their full cooperation to the field inspection teams of Handicrafts Department during these ‘special’ drives