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Shri Vaghela to dedicate handicrafts related projects in Srinagar
Jun '08
The Union Minister of Textiles, Shri Shankersinh Vaghela has arrived in Srinagar on a two day State visit of Jammu & Kashmir. During his visit the Minister will dedicate to the nation the Indian Institute of Carpet Technology and the Craft Development Institute in Srinagar.

These projects will give a boost to the promotion and development of textiles and handicrafts in the State. The two projects are part of the Prime Ministers' Special Package of Jammu & Kashmir launched at the cost of Rs. 6 crores and Rs. 10 crores respectively.

Besides this, the Textile Minister, Shri Shankersinh Vaghela would also lay the foundation stone of Building for the office of Development Commissioner (Handicrafts) at Bemina, Srinagar. To encourage the Kashmir's world-wide famous handicrafts he will also set up Raw Material Bank for Wood based crafts “Khatamband”.

The main objective of the Craft Development Institute is to provide research and development facilities in the field of managerial and process testing issues related to various crafts and to provide training for craftsmen and entrepreneurs.

Similarly, the objective of the Indian Institute of Carpet Technology is to provide support to local carpet and allied industry through HRD Design Creation Development, R&D and Technical Services and also to develop quality culture in carpet industry.

Besides these two prestigious projects, the Minister will lay foundation stone of Rs. 6 crore Office Complex of the Field Administrative Office of Development Commissioner Handicrafts at Bemina Bypass. He will also visit Raw Material Bank for Artisans engaged in wood based crafts including Khatamband. The Ministry has sanctioned Rs. 2 crores for setting up of this Raw Material Bank to J&K State Forest Corporation.

Press Information Bureau Government of India

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