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J&K moots handicraft artisans survey
Jun '11
Jammu and Kashmir State Chief Secretary, Madhav Lal has recommended a survey of handicraft workers community in the State. He has also called for developing cluster development schemes for these artisans.

The Chief Secretary, while presiding over the second meeting of the task force to suggest incentives for craftsmen, called on the Department of Handicrafts to plan cluster schemes for every craft in association with the Craft Development Institute on an all-inclusive basis.

He also highlighted the need for undertaking a comprehensive survey of the craftsmen based on their professional and socio-economic profile, which can be utilised as a source of reference for their welfare.

The official even instructed the Department of Handicrafts to carry out an awareness drive together with the J&K Bank for issuing 'artisan credit cards' to the members of the artisan community so as to make them self-reliant. He directed that the task be undertaken within a month's time.

Besides, he even asked the Department to study the possibility of extending insurance cover and other social security schemes of the Central Government for welfare of artisans in the State. Also, he called for a detailed study of taxation issues concerning handicrafts and re-evaluating the calendar of fairs and expositions outside the State.

It was also decided at the meeting to give out 150 newly developed carpet looms to the carpet weavers. The Chief Secretary called for modifying the handicraft export regime in a manner that offers the small artisans an equal ground with big export houses.

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