Loan facilities under ACC scheme to be increased to benefit artisans: I&C Minister

Inaugurates annual exhibition of handicrafts at Katra

KATRA: Minister of Industries and Commerce Chander Parkash Ganga on Friday said that state’s artisans would be encouraged and promoted across all lines so that they earn their livelihood through finished goods.
According to an official press note, the minister, after inaugurating annual exhibition by handicrafts department said that the government has introduced different crafts in this field and maximum efforts would be made to introduce more crafts in future for welfare and upliftment of the artisan class.
Earlier, the minister along with senior officers took a round of the ground to inspect different stalls set up by the handicrafts department.
Lauding the efforts of artisans, cooperative societies and trainees for their improved quality of work, the minister said that effective platforms would be provided to them for excellence and progress in individual crafts to make them potential entrepreneurs.
The minister directed the department to explore more possibilities for establishing clusters on the pattern of one under process in Samba, Jammu and Kathua. He stressed for revival of handicraft sector in Jammu division in a big way.
The minister also asserted that loan facilities under Artisan Credit Card (ACC) scheme would certainly be increased in future for the benefit of artisans.
Speaking on the occasion, Director Handicrafts Dr Mushtaq Ahmed said that the new designs have been introduced in different crafts. He said that the instructors would be equipped with modern designing skills at School of Designs at Jammu and Srinagar as a part of their refresher course.
In the exhibition, over 18 handicraft cooperative societies are taking part to display their finished goods in different crafts. The government district stores from Reasi, Udhampur, Ramban, Rajouri, Poonch, Jammu, Samba and Kathua also participated.
The exhibition having 25 stalls of various categories would remain alive from 22 September to 1 October.



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