Include our concerns in industrial policy, artisans tell government

Srinagar: The artisans on Sunday asked the state government to include their “concerns” in the new industrial policy.
According to a handout issued here, a delegation of Jammu and Kashmir Artisans Rehabilitation Forum (JKARF) led by Shiekh Ashiq Ahmed called upon the Minister for Industries and Commerce Chander Prakash Ganga.
JKARF’s President Altaf Kazime, Vice President Parvaiz Naqqash, Secretary General Parvez Bhat, and Publicity Secretary Rizwan Khurshid, and representatives from Budgam and Baramulla districts were part of the delegation.
The delegations raised the problems faced by the artisans and discussed the possible ways through which the government can support them.
It requested the minister “to include the concerns of artisans in new industrial policy so that the sector is revived and gives a fillip to arts and handicrafts of the state”.
The minister, as per the handout, promised the delegation that he would ensure that all concerns of the artisans would be addressed in due course of time.
Ganga told the delegation that government-owned showrooms would be set up within and outside the state to promote traditional arts and crafts against duplicate items.