Srinagar, Feb 26: Describing the carpet (Qaaleen) as â€œthe identity of Kashmirâ€, the Advisor to LG,Â Baseer Ahmad Khan today asked the authorities of the Handicrafts and Handloom Department and Indian Institute of Carpet Technology (IICT) to come up with a comprehensive plan for the â€œrevival and promotion of this industryâ€ and added that the Government had initiated several measures for promotion of the industrial sector.
The Advisor said this while visiting the Indian Institute of Carpet Technology (IICT) Bagh-e-Ali Mardan Khan here today. Director Handicrafts and Handloom, Mehmood Ahmad Shah, Director IICT and other senior officers of the department accompanied him.
Earlier, the Advisor visited the Industrial Estates (IE), Bagh-e-Ali Mardan Khan and inspected several units established there. Director Industries and Commerce, Nazim Zai, General Manager, DIC Srinagar Tazayun Mukhtar Kawoos and other senior officers of the department were also present on the occasion.
While interacting with the trainees at IICT, the Advisor assured them that all possible assistance would be extended to those who are willing to establish their own income generating units by way of giving financial assistance and providing direct marketing facilities to dispel the role of middleman. He said that the formation of societies will be encouraged at all levels â€œso that more people are roped in for making this industry a big source of income to the people living in rural and far off areas of the Valley.â€
Khan directed both the Directors to take care of the health and family of the trainees and trained ones by introducing health insurance schemes for them and their families and extending educational incentives to their children. The Advisor said that weavers are the backbone of the industry and asked the concerned authorities to conduct a thorough survey so that proper attention is given for establishment of cluster Units.Â
The Advisor said that Government has taken several initiatives for promotion of Handicrafts and Handloom sectors and asked the trainees to establish self-help groups (SHG) in their respective areas â€œto ensure better price for their products in the market.â€ He said that e-commerce is becoming popular worldwide and asked the trainees to take advantage of these markets once they establish their own income generating Units.
Terming Designing as an important factor of this trade, Khan asked the concerned authorities to keep developing new designs to meet the market demands at international level and asked the IICT authority to preserve all designs developed in the Institute and develop new, attractive and innovative ones.
Referring to the functioning of Dyeing unit of the IICT, Advisor said that it needs to be augmented once the Unit is matching international standard.
Mehmood Shah, while briefing the Advisor about the functioning of the department, said that manufacturers should brand their products â€œmachine made or handmadeâ€ so that customer cannot commit any mistake while making the purchase of such products. He said GI tagging has become necessary for checking of deceit being carried out by some selfish traders and cheaters.Â Â
While inspecting the Industrial Units at Industrial Estates, the Advisor was briefed by the Director Industries and Commerce about functioning and status of business units established there. He was informed that several units have turn sick due to varied reasons especially COVID-19 pandemic. He asked the authorities of Industries Department to examine all the units individually and come up with a concrete proposal on how to revive these units and make them viable.
The Advisor said that the Estates needs to be developed on modern lines and instructed the authorities to devise a development plan having all facilities, like Common Facility Centre, medical aid, recreation facilities, developed roads, drinking water facility, proper drainage, parks and other allied facilities.
While interacting with the Unit holders, the Advisor said that Government is committed to find and provide better marketing facilities to the manufacturers, adding that the possibility would be explored for allotting space to manufacturing units during Shri Amarnath Ji Yatra-2021. He asked the unit holders to be honest in their business and sell all the items as per brand whether machine made or handmade.Â