J&K Khadi and Village Industries Board (KVIB) Anantnag organised an awareness camp under Scheme of Fund for Regeneration of Traditional Industries (SFURTI) for the development of the artisans and stakeholders associated with Martand Chain Stitch and Embroidery Cluster Anantnag at Rainipora today.
The artisans were made aware regarding various State and Centrally Sponsored Schemes and programmes. They were imparted training on how to convert the traditional handicrafts into the modern business generating units.
Artisans raised various questions regarding the problems faced by them during the process of establishment of their business units. Experts from KVIB, District Industries Centre Anantnag, and J&K Bank Rainipora explained the scope of different schemes and programmes to them.
Speaking on the occasion, Secretary KVIB said that the Government is very keen to make traditional and cottage industries more competitive and customer friendly so that sustainable development of these industries is ensured. He added that Common Facility Centre under construction at Rainipopra Anantnag with an estimated cost of Rs 4 crore is going to revolutionise the handicraft industry of the entire district as it will provide them with the space for doing different activities related to handicrafts there.
He said that KVIB will provide all sort of facilities ranging from awareness, training and marketing to the artisans. He said that progressive artisans from various parts of the district will be given the opportunity to participate in national and international trade so that the artisan and buyer will come face to face, which will help the artisans to get the satisfactory rates of their products.
Secretary KVIB further said that e–Marketing is the need of the hour and KVIB is working on it. He added that proper publicity is a must for the promotion of the handicrafts so that it reaches to each and every part of the world.
The artisans including a good number of qualified women hailed this step of the KVIB and hoped that such programmes will be organised in future too.
Among others, Deputy Chief Executive Officer KVIB Kashmir, Functional Manager DIC Anantnag, Faculty Craft Development Institute Srinagar, J&K Bank Manager and Executive Officer KVIB Anantnag attended the function.