Srinagar: Union Minister of State (MoS) for Electronics and Information Technology, Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Rajeev Chandrasekhar on Friday visited Mirgund Baramulla cluster unit of handicrafts and carpets cluster where he promised to revive the handicrafts in Kashmir which have been hit over the years.
The MOS paid the visit to the cluster unit on the request of Chairman Handicrafts and Carpet Sector Skill Council, Arshed Mir where the MOS assured full support to the handicraft sector.
The minster visited the site with an objective to develop handicrafts in Kashmir and provide skill education to the artisans who are associated with the crafts.
On the occasion, Chairman Handicrafts and Carpet Sector Skill Council, Arshed Mir said that many artisans in Kashmir are moving away due to which export of J&K handicrafts has declined.
“Over the past few years, there has been a massive decline in artisans associated with the handicrafts. We are witnessing a decline of 350%. We don’t have skilled artisans,” he said.
Mir said they put their demands to the honorable MOS to come up with an initiative or program so that our youth can be engaged with the handicrafts.
“It will create job opportunities. For which ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship will provide full support and will link with the industry,” he said.