Erring handicraft dealers fined

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SRINAGAR: Continuing its drive to eradicate fake handicrafts items, the enforcement wing of the Quality Control Division of handicrafts department inspected handicrafts dealers of Kashmir and Jammu division.
During the course of inspection, the teams during the month of June-2018 realised an amount of Rs. 20,000/- from different tourist locations like Pahalgam, Sonmarg, Gulmarg, Dal area, Katra and Jammu city, on account of registration/renewal fee and fine. The fine is enforced to those dealers who sell non-handmade artifacts in the name of Kashmiri items.
The authorities have warned the erring dealers to desist from selling fake machine-made items in the name of ‘Kashmir Art’ and get their businesses registered under Tourist Trade Act 1978 with the quality control wing of the department. “They are also advised to affix tags depicting price and other specification on the goods displayed for sale and also issue cash memos to the customers,” a handout read. “In case violation of the Tourist Trade Act, action as warranted under the law shall be initiated against such erring dealers,” it added.