SRINAGAR: The government on Monday said the state has no policy for restricting use of machines for pashmina weaving, while it accepted that the artisans are becoming “immediate casualty” to the machine onslaught.
In written reply to a question raised in the Council by Syed Yasir Reshi, the Minister for Industries and Commerce Chander Parkash Ganga said, “There is no policy in the department for restricting of carrying pashmina craft through machines in the state. However, the skilled artisans become the immediate casualty with the use of machines replacing their skill inputs towards ensuring that the pashmina weavers do not lose their means of livelihood”.
He said an “interim measure restrictions were imposed under section 144 of CPC on the weaving of pashmina products on power looms within the jurisdiction of district Srinagar for a period of two months…in the first instance”.
Regarding the measures to restrict the sale of Amritsari Shawls in place of Kashmiri shawls, the government said Kashmir pashmina has been granted Geographical Indication mark and a Pashmina Testing and Quality Certification Centre has been set up to test pashmina products and to have GI mark on them.
“Further inspection wings of Quality control Wing of Directorate of Handicraft make every effort to restrain the dealers from selling fake handicrafts and penalising offenders,” he said.
The minister said the government is creating awareness among consumers, and it mulling to reconstitute Quality Control Counsels.