Advisor to J&K LG reviews working of handicrafts, handloom department
In the Indian union territory of Jammu and Kashmir, Lieutenant Governor’s Advisor, Baseer Ahmad Khan, chaired a meeting of handicrafts, handloom department, and Jammu Kashmir Industries to get first-hand feedback about their functioning.
Regarding handicrafts and handloom department, Khan directed the officers to strengthen the base level of the department and take measures for uplifting the economic conditions of artisans.
He said that the department should initiate adequate steps for helping artisans in increasing their production and showcasing their products.
The Advisor directed the officers to explore possibilities for virtual opportunities for the artisans for showcasing their products in view of the coronavirus pandemic.
He further asked them to explore possibilities for convergence with the National Rural Livelihood Mission for providing an immediate platform to artisans. He also urged to work out strategies to give a fillip to economic activities of the artisans and look for avenues which liberate them from economic distress.
While emphasising on the need for redressal of grievances of the artisans, Khan directed the district officers to resolve the issues at the district level.
To increase marketing of handicraft and handloom products, Khan directed the officers to increase the frequency of fairs and identify locations along the Srinagar-Jammu highway for the marketing of the products.
He said that imparting training should be coupled with the constitution of groups so that they become viable units and hone the skills of the artisans.