KUPWARA: To examine appropriate project proposals to fast-track incubation and development of micro, small and medium enterprises in Kupwara, Economic Advisor and Secretary Coir Board of Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME), GoI, DPS Negi on Wednesday visited the district. He was chairing a meeting with stakeholders of industries and entrepreneurial sector especially, MSME, KVIB & NSIC.
The meeting was attended by DDC Kupwara Khalid Jahangir, Director Industries and Commerce, Director KVIB, Secretary KVIB, AD MSME, General Manager DIC Kupwara, AD Handicrafts, AD Handlooms, industrialists, entrepreneurs of the district and others concerned.
Negi discussed various prospects for promotion of MSMEs with industrialists and entrepreneurs of the district. He appreciated their suggestions in this direction and assured realising proposals put forward by them, an official handout issued here on Wednesday read.
District Development Commissioner (DDC) underlined the economic viability of potential industrial sectors like walnut processing, marble manufacturing, agriculture production, horticulture, tourism represented by the Bangus and Lolab valleys in the district, read the handout.
Negi suggested promoting growth of handicrafts, handlooms and other traditional art forms that create employment, submitting a separate Detailed Project Report (DPR) for consideration of Ministry of MSME towards rejuvenating the art of wood carving and Kani shawl in the district.
He expressed optimism in giving ‘go-ahead’ for the establishment of Crewel Shawl Cluster and Honey Production Cluster (Apiculture) in the next meeting scheduled on 29th of this month.
He said, “Kupwara with abundance of natural resources has been chosen as an Aspirational District keeping in mind the remoteness and frontier nature of its topography,” adding the purpose of the visit was to “chalk out ways to maximise utilisation of resources for empowering people with minimal impact on environmental sustainability”.
Representatives of various departments including industrialists and entrepreneurs urged support for the promotion of agriculture and allied sectors towards bettering the living standards of all associated with these sectors and sought serious consideration of government of India in this regard, it read.
Negi termed the interaction with the concerned as fruitful and ensured timely redressal of demands raised in line with the directions issued by GoI in this regard, it added.