Corporation to promote handloom goods, protect artisans, but currently overburdened with own liabilities
SRINAGAR: A well oriented policy is needed to put the handloom sector back on track and sustain it, Vice Chairman (VC) Handloom Development Corporation (HDC), Nizamudin Bhat said on Monday.
According to an official press note, Bhat was speaking on the occasion of National Handloom Day. He said that Jammu and Kashmir seems losing against less-known states in the national market and there was a constant decline in manufacturing of heritage products which earlier enjoyed a prime place at global level.
He said the corporation’s main role is to become a cushion for promotion of handloom goods and protection of artisans, but is currently overburdened with its own liabilities.
He said that Textiles Ministry of the Union Government could help the state to make handloom sector viable enough to sustain the heritage and also get into an innovative mould in production and marketing.
Bhat said, “The corporation has been doing a sustained exercise to improve the quality of goods through quality control and is focused on more market avenues to push the business. The corporation and administrative department are also concerned about weavers, availability of raw-material and augmentation in infrastructure.”
“Corporation has recently held its board meeting and decisions taken to improve production, quality, craft and business will go a long way in adequate revival of the sector,” the VC said.
He sought cooperation from the employees in reaching out to people for proper utilization of available resources and to ensure sustainable growth of the sector akin to its historical reputation.
He also sought help from both central and state governments for business expansion, skill development and infrastructure building to raise handloom sector to a desired level as an instrument for socio-economic development.
Bhat also said J&K Handloom Corporation and Administrative Department will have to become active for an integrated effort to ameliorate the workers and employees and hoped that a focused effort would be made in that direction.
“Without a coordinated effort the expected benefit from any resource is unlikely to reach actual beneficiaries which in turn will adversely impact the growth of the sector,” he added.