DODA: Office of the Assistant Director, Handloom Development, Doda today organised One Day Exhibition Cum Awareness Camp here at village Senai, Bhalla.
Vice Chairperson, District Development Council, Doda, Sangeeta Bhagat was the chief guest, Sarpanch Khellani Top, Kashi Nath was guest of honour. Artisans and weavers, trainees of Handloom training centres, a large number of people from Block Bhalla and staff of Handloom and Handicrafts department participated in the said camp.
Assistant Director, Handicrafts and Handloom, Doda, Satish Rana presided over the function. He encouraged the people to take up weaving as a profession and avail the benefits of the departmental schemes. He apprised participants about the training programme and schemes run by the Directorate of Handicrafts and Handloom, Jammu for the welfare of artisans and weavers in the district.
He said that during the current financial year of 2021-22 Rs. 5.00 lacs as bank interest subsidy has been disbursed till date. He asked the weavers and artisans to avail the benefits of the schemes such as Pradhan Mantri Weavers Mudra scheme, Credit Card scheme, Scholarship to girls child of weavers under Education Scheme, Loan for purchase/renovation/ modernization of looms, Share capital loan, Formation of cooperative societies, Skill Development Training in Weaving to the unemployed youths and payment of stipend at the rate of Rs1000 and 1500 per month for elementary and advanced courses respectively etc.
The Vice Chairperson, District Development Council, Doda apprised people about the benefits of all schemes of Department of Handicrafts and Handloom.
She advised the weavers and artisans to adopt new technology and develop new designs by replacing the old type of pit looms to modern fly shuttle looms so that the quality of products and their earning is improved. During the camp diploma/certificates were distributed among the pass out trainees and three officials of Handloom Doda were awarded with certificates of appreciation for their services.
The people of the area requested the department for organizing more such camps in far off and remote areas. The program concluded with a vote of thanks and refreshment for participants.