Govt likely to enhance stipend to artisans

SRINAGAR: The state government is mulling to enhance the monthly stipend given to artisans who are undergoing training in Handicrafts Training Centres across Kashmir Valley.
“The government is contemplating to enhance the stipend from Rs 500 to Rs 1,500 for elementary trainees, and for advanced trainings the trainees may get an enhanced stipend of Rs 2,000 per month,” Director Handicrafts Tariq Hussain Ganaie said Tuesday during his visit to various Handicraft Training Centres in central Kashmir’s Srinagar and Budgam districts.
During the visit, the Director interacted with almost 200 trainees who are currently undergoing training in the centres. He advised the trainees “to follow the schedule of training religiously”.
He instructed the assistant directors of both the districts to encourage the male folk in their respective areas for enrolment, especially, in the crafts of Wood Carving and Copper Ware.
He opined that the training in handicrafts is the “best option” for the unemployed youth, especially for the school drop outs. He said the handicrafts business is “fast turning into a lucrative profession as more and more people worldwide are realizing the potential an importance of genuine handicraft products”.
Ganaie reiterated the need to impart quality training in the training centres and asked the District-Level Officers of the department to report and give a comprehensive feedback about the centres on a regular basis.