‘Purpose is to rejuvenate traditional industries and make it more sustainable’
Kupwara: Jammu and Kashmir Khadi and Village Industries Board (J&K KVIB) Tuesdayorganised one day workshop under Scheme of Fund for Regeneration of Traditional Industries (SFURTI) in collaboration with Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises at DC office Complex in north Kashmir’s Kupwara.
District Development Commissioner KupwaraKhalid Jehangirand board memberMasratKar and Chief Executive Officer J&K KVIB Rashid Ahmad also participated in the event.
Expressing gratitude to J&K KVIB for organizing division level workshop in Kupwara, Khalid Jehangir said that this workshop will provide an impetus to traditional artisans, who have been preserving Kashmir’s identity since ages.
“This interactive session will open up new dimensions of employment for the youth,” he said and added that in this direction J&K KVIB has been working in a focused manner.
He asserted that the unemployed youth in Kupwara has talent and passion to work, only they need is proper guiding.
“There is a huge potential in Kupwara and all we need to do is to tap this potential to produce quality entrepreneurs,” said Jehangir, adding that women folk has huge stakes in traditional activities and their involvement must be encouraged.
MasratKar said that she is happy to see participation of women in traditional activities.
“I impressed with the establishment of three clusters in Kashmir and requested J&K KVIB for establishing more clusters in other districts of the state for involvement of artisans,” Kar said.
She also asked the Chief Executive Officer of J&K KVIB to involve local designers in various skill development activities.
While briefing about the purpose of workshop, Secretary/CEO-Rashid Ahmad Qadri said that J&K KVIB was established to plan, promote and organize Khadi industries.
“With the passage of time market demands have changed, so does strategies to sale, but our artisans are still carrying on with an obsolete process of marketing,” said Qadri, adding, “To overcome these limitations, government of India has launched cluster-based scheme of fund for regeneration of traditional industries and selected J&K KVIB as nodal agency for Jammu and Kashmir state.”
He informed that six clusters have been approved till date and three of them are in an advanced stage and will be launched soon. J&K KVIB is also mulling to establish cluster in Kupwara, as it has been identified as aspirational district.
“The main purpose of the SFURTI is to rejuvenate the traditional industries and make it more sustainable,” Qadri added.