‘Artisan cluster in Ang to revive traditional industries’

ANANTNAG: Jammu & Kashmir Khadi and Village Industries Board (JKKVIB), vice chairperson (VC), Hina Shafi Bhat on Saturday inaugurated common facility centre (CFC) building of Martand Chainstitch and Crewel Embroidery Cluster at Ranipora, Anantnag in presence of Secretary/CEO, JKKVIB and other officers/officials of the board, besides large number of artisans & local people.
The VC said that the CFC cluster would be beneficial for the revival and promotion of traditional industries in the state particularly in south Kashmir.
“The artisan cluster building which has been constructed at an estimated cost of Rs 4.50 crore will facilitate the chain stitch and crewel workers of the area, a spokesperson quoted Bhat as saying in a statement issued here.
She said that the KVIB has received setback from last three decades and the board was taking steps for promotion and revival of the industry. “The GoI is providing crores of rupees as subsidy component for the artisans to promote the sector and also providing marketing facilities for the production without middlemanship,” asserting that the Scheme of Fund for Regeneration of Traditional Industries (SFURTI) “is the best scheme for the revival of traditional industries in Jammu and Kashmir,” said the spokesperson.
Elaborating that the basic aim for establishment of this cluster is to enhance the productivity and competitiveness as well as capacity building of artisans associated with crewel and chainstitch activity, Hina Shafi said: “It will not only promote traditional industries but will also contribute towards employment in rural areas.”
The vice chairperson said that the cluster would boost the artisans and stakeholders by way of providing them all the facilities under one roof “which shall in turn improve the product quality and also the economic condition of the artisans”, the spokesperson said.
Giving details about the performance of KVIB, Secretary/CEO, Rashid Ahmed Qadri said that under Prime Minister’s Employment Generation Programme, the board, during the year 2018-19, established 2,866 units involving margin money of Rs 5,601.47 lakh, thereby envisaging employment opportunities for 17,196 persons.
“Under Jammu and Kashmir Rural Employment Generation Programme (JKREGP), the board has established 762 village industrial units, involving margin money of Rs 1723.94 lakh,” Qadri said, adding that under SFURTI programme, Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (GoI) has so far approved 10 clusters involving margin money of Rs 24.46 crores, the spokesperson added.