Handicrafts

More than two lakh artisans receive no financial assistance from government, says Opposition

Srinagar: There are 2,32,524 artisans in Jammu and Kashmir who are yet to get registered with the government and aren’t benefiting from any government scheme or financial assistance.

Industries Minister Chandra Prakash Ganga while replying to a question submitted by the national conference legislator Ali Mohammad Sagar stated that there are a approximately 4.00 lakh Artisans engaged in the manufacturing of Handicraft goods in the State. Out of them the registered ones are 16,7476 while as 23,2524 are unregistered.

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The government however clarified that the incentives as per the guidelines in vogue are being provided to the registered Artisans only and not to the unregistered ones.

The government added that a few new Initiatives have been announced in Budget Speech 2018-19 to further incentivize the Artisans, provide better market support and ensure sustenance of quality in the Handicraft products. “The Handicrafts units registered with Handicrafts Department shall be considered at par with Industrial units for the purpose of availing incentives under the extent industrial policy,” the Industries Minister stated in the lower house.

(With inputs from KNS)

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