SRINAGAR: The state earned Rs 669 crore from the export of handicrafts during the last fiscal, Director Handicrafts, Tariq Hussain Ganai, said Thursday.
Ganai shared the information while presenting the activities and achievements of the department in a review meeting held in Jammu.
He said New Delhi sanctioned 4,000 modern carpet looms for Jammu region, while a subsidy of Rs 2.50 crore has been provided to artisans under ACC scheme.
Minister for Industries & Commerce, Chander Prakash Ganga, said the government is working on a “well-knit strategy” to project J&K’s as a reliable supplier of high quality handicrafts as per international standards and specifications to make the state a hub of world famous craft products.
“The focus (of the government) would be on skill development and expertise enhancement among the artisans in potential areas through reputed training institutes to meet market trends,” he said.
“Exploitation of artisans at the hands of middlemen would be weeded out,” he said, stressing on the need for extending advanced training to unemployed youth with emphasis on kandi and border areas in view of vast potential of various traditional crafts such as calico printing, jute, bamboo and chikri wood products.
“…With our firm determination and vision we will gift the people an accountable and transparent dispensation which they deserve,” the Minister said.
He asked for expediting work on prestigious project of International Trade Center, which is coming up on an area of 371 kanals in Srinagar. He also took stock of functioning of Indian Institute of Carpet Technology, Craft Development Institute.