KCCI opposes raw Pashmina auction at Delhi

srinagar: The Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) has strongly opposed decision by Ladakh administration for auctioning raw Pashmina through outside the state.
The Chamber in statement said that this decision could have adverse impact on the State economy with local Pashmina artisans and other traders being hit by this decision.
The Leh district administration through Chairman Pashmina Auction Committee, had sought bidders to submit their tenders for auction of offers to sell 8090 kg raw Pashmina of 15 micron specification, through open bidding for all interested parties at Delhi on January 15. President KCCI Sheikh Ashiq said that they have always pitched for the creation of Pashmina raw material bank and this has been strongly advocated in meetings with the Financial Commissioner, Industries J&K besides former Chief Minister in the Industrial advisory Committee meetings to discuss measures for growth and promotion of handicraft in the Kashmir.
He said that through creation of this raw material Bank would have ensured that the Pashmina wool producer getting better price for their produce, besides artisan getting regular supply of raw material thus enhancing the value addition of export oriented products.
“As lakhs of people directly or indirectly involved in value addition of Pashmina, the State Industrial Policy also calls for its use to ensure sustained employment to artisans thus contribute to the state economy as well,” he said.
The Chamber said that it recognizes the concerns expressed by the Pashmina handicraft Associations and individual artisans.
The statement added that, Ashiq contacted the Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir and the Deputy Commissioner Leh to inform about the repercussion of this decision.
Ashiq was assured by the officials that that the auction will first be organized at Jammu in Ladkh Sarai a day or two earlier to the auction in New Delhi.