The revival of village, handloom and craft industries has set a new record for growth and employment at J&K: LG



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Anantnag: Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha on Thursday inaugurated the SFURTI Martand Chainstitch and Crewel Embroidery Cluster Joint Facilities Center at Ranipora, Mattan in Anantnag.

The cluster was established by the J&K Khadi & Village Industries Board (KVIB) with the financial assistance of Rs 4.50 crores under the Scheme of Fund for Regeneration of Traditional Industries (SFURTI), intended for the development of clusters to make traditional industries more productive and competitive, announced an official press release.

Congratulating KVIB and the artisans on the occasion, the LG said the new facility will meet the needs of 5,000 artisans with a multi-pronged intervention for capacity building, skill development, product design and development, and market development.

“This cluster will bring tremendous change and prosperity to the lives of many artisans who are a vital component of our society, keeping alive the priceless elements of our rich culture and tradition,” he added.

J&K is known for its exquisite craftsmanship and craftsmanship. With the active support of the central government, the UT administration, Sinha said, is extending all possible support, providing market linkages so that the age-old pristine craftsmanship is preserved in its true essence.

Building on government initiatives to make traditional handicrafts more remunerative and lucrative for the craft community, the LG said the “concerted efforts of the Khadi & Village Industries Commission (KVIC) and J&K Khadi and Village Industries Board to revive village industries, hand weaving, and handicrafts set a new record for J&K in terms of growth and employment.

By 2021-22, under the PMEGP, KVIC had established 21,640 manufacturing and service units, well ahead of other larger states, he said. Up to 1.73 lakh new jobs in J&K were generated in the fiscal year 2021-22 under the PMEGP, which is also the highest among all states and UTs in the country, LG noted.

Under KVIC’s PMEGP, 52,116 units were installed from 2014 to the last fiscal year, compared to only 10,401 village units established at J&K between 2008 and 2014.

Further, the limit of financial assistance to handicraft artists through Artisan Credit Card has also been increased from Rs one lakh to two lakhs, furthermore, 2118 handicraft artists have benefited from Mudra Yojana and 26 units have been created under the Karkhandar program, which will be increased to 50 by the end of this year, the press release said.

Developing entrepreneurship through training and capacity building ensures product quality and drives global demand for J&K craftsmanship, LG observed.

GI certification for seven crafts including Carpets, Pashmina, Sozni, Khatamband, Walnut Carving, Paper Mache, Kani Shawl has been completed, and 1.55 lakh craftsmen have been trained in 432 training centers. Now artisans have easy access to bank credit to overcome their working capital problems, he added.

The modernization and upgrading of the government silk weaving factory at Rajbagh, Srinagar is another important step taken by the government towards the revival and holistic development of the silk industry in UT, said the LG.

On the sidelines of the event, the LG also highlighted the achievements registered in various sectors in Anantnag, and said that all districts are also establishing new paradigms of development work.

In Anantnag district, a record 3000 projects were completed last year and in the current year Rs. he added.

Calling J&K an “oasis of talent”, the LG urged young people to take the path of peace and be part of the nation’s development journey.

Mohammad Yousuf Gorsi, Chairman of DDC Anantnag, commended the UT government for taking specific measures for the promotion of arts and crafts to provide livelihood opportunities for artisans and rural entrepreneurs, the statement said. Press.

Dr. Hina Shafi Bhat, Vice President of J&K KVIB, speaking on the occasion, said that the establishment of Martand Chainstitch and Crewel Embroidery is one of many measures taken by the Council for the Promotion of Arts and Crafts. traditional crafts.

The VC also shared the vision of establishing more traditional arts and crafts clusters in J&K to provide sustainable employment for traditional industry artisans and rural entrepreneurs.

Vivek Bhardwaj, Additional Chief Secretary of the Department of Industries and Commerce, reiterated the UT administration’s commitment to improving the incomes of craftsmen and craftsmen, providing the necessary hand-in-hand for young entrepreneurs, by in addition to providing support to artisans for the marketing of their products on national and international platforms.

On the occasion, the LG congratulated artisans and craftsmen for their contribution to the sector. Previously, the LG inspected stalls set up by stakeholders and various ministries, and also interacted with artisans.

Vijay Kumar, ADGP Kashmir; Dr. Piyush Singla, Deputy Commissioner Anantnag; Farukh Qazi, Secretary, J&K KVIB; Members of the PRI, heads of departments, senior civil servants, as well as craftsmen, craftsmen and entrepreneurs were present in large numbers for the occasion.

Young people did not need to take up arms: LG

Srinagar, August 4: Lt. Governor Manoj Sinha said on Thursday that “given the huge resources in the region, there was no need for young people to take up arms in 1990.”

“J&K was endowed with enormous resources and potential. “Young people did not need to take up arms (in 1990). Even today, some people unhappy with the peace in the region continue to mislead young boys,” the LG said at a rally in Ranipora, Mattan, Anantnag, KNO news agency reported.

He said that after 2019, “the pace of development has reached new heights.”

“Before 2019, only 6 km of roads were built and today 20 km are under construction. Before 2019, only 2,500 km were paved, and now 7,500 km of road are paved per day,” LG said.

He said today that J&K farmers are ‘the happiest people considering their income’.

“We are the best UTs after Punjab and Haryana when it comes to farmer income,” the LG said.