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Reviving Traditional Industries

August 06, 2022 |

Jammu and Kashmir’s textile and tapestry tradition has had a glorious past and over generations been very popular. For example, we can refer to Kani shawls or the Amlikar needle work. Even today, Kashmir’s skilled weavers are much sought after for their hand-woven textile products. Under the present UT dispensation, a concerted effort is being made to develop specialised clusters with the aim of reviving traditional industries, promoting capacity building, enhancing skills and generating jobs. On Thursday, Lt Gov Manoj Sinha inaugurated the Common Facility Centre of Martand Chainstitch and Crewel Embroidery Cluster at Ranipora, Mattan, in Anantnag, giving hope to about 5000 artisans for earning a livelihood. The J&K Khadi & Village Industries Board (KVIB) has established this Rs.4.50 crore cluster under the Scheme of Fund for Regeneration of Traditional Industries (SFURTI). The gradually vanishing breed of Indian artisans in general and artisans from J&K in particular are in dire need of support and encouragement, and to not see them as vital components of our society, would be unjust. Providing change to artisans and facilitating their prosperity through multi-pronged efforts is a forward step that we as citizens and connoisseurs of art and craft should be proud of. Timely intervention for capacity building, skill development, design and product development, besides market development and promotion will only help to keep alive our rich culture and traditions. The Centre and the UT administration are doing their bit to preserve India’s age-old and pristine craftsmanship. Joint initiatives by the government, the Khadi & Village Industries Commission and the J&K Khadi and Village Industries Board to revive village industries, handloom, and handicrafts is allowing J&K to achieve better results in terms of growth and jobs. It is a significant achievement to see the KVIC establish 21,640 manufacturing and service units under PMEGP in Fiscal 21-22. In the same period, as many as 1.73 lakh new jobs have been generated in J&K, which Lt Gov Sinha said is the highest across all states and UTs.

Between 2014 and 2021, the KVIC has established 52,116 village units, which is over five times the number established between 2008 and 2014 (10,401 units). Financial assistance to handicraft artists has been doubled from Rs.1 lakh to Rs.2 lakh through the Artisan Credit Card. About 2,118 handicraft artists are benefitting from the Mudra Yojana and 26 units have been set up through the Karkhandar scheme. This will be increased to 50 by the end of 2022. J&K also has GI certification for seven crafts -- Carpets, Pashmina, Sozni, Khatamband, Walnut Wood Carving, Paper Mache and Kani Shawls. Currently, 1.55 lakh artisans have been trained through 432 training centres. Artisans now have easy access to bank credit, which is a major plus when involved in specialised industry. Revival and holistic development are the key words in force in the UT and things can only get better from here

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Reviving Traditional Industries

August 06, 2022 |

Jammu and Kashmir’s textile and tapestry tradition has had a glorious past and over generations been very popular. For example, we can refer to Kani shawls or the Amlikar needle work. Even today, Kashmir’s skilled weavers are much sought after for their hand-woven textile products. Under the present UT dispensation, a concerted effort is being made to develop specialised clusters with the aim of reviving traditional industries, promoting capacity building, enhancing skills and generating jobs. On Thursday, Lt Gov Manoj Sinha inaugurated the Common Facility Centre of Martand Chainstitch and Crewel Embroidery Cluster at Ranipora, Mattan, in Anantnag, giving hope to about 5000 artisans for earning a livelihood. The J&K Khadi & Village Industries Board (KVIB) has established this Rs.4.50 crore cluster under the Scheme of Fund for Regeneration of Traditional Industries (SFURTI). The gradually vanishing breed of Indian artisans in general and artisans from J&K in particular are in dire need of support and encouragement, and to not see them as vital components of our society, would be unjust. Providing change to artisans and facilitating their prosperity through multi-pronged efforts is a forward step that we as citizens and connoisseurs of art and craft should be proud of. Timely intervention for capacity building, skill development, design and product development, besides market development and promotion will only help to keep alive our rich culture and traditions. The Centre and the UT administration are doing their bit to preserve India’s age-old and pristine craftsmanship. Joint initiatives by the government, the Khadi & Village Industries Commission and the J&K Khadi and Village Industries Board to revive village industries, handloom, and handicrafts is allowing J&K to achieve better results in terms of growth and jobs. It is a significant achievement to see the KVIC establish 21,640 manufacturing and service units under PMEGP in Fiscal 21-22. In the same period, as many as 1.73 lakh new jobs have been generated in J&K, which Lt Gov Sinha said is the highest across all states and UTs.

Between 2014 and 2021, the KVIC has established 52,116 village units, which is over five times the number established between 2008 and 2014 (10,401 units). Financial assistance to handicraft artists has been doubled from Rs.1 lakh to Rs.2 lakh through the Artisan Credit Card. About 2,118 handicraft artists are benefitting from the Mudra Yojana and 26 units have been set up through the Karkhandar scheme. This will be increased to 50 by the end of 2022. J&K also has GI certification for seven crafts -- Carpets, Pashmina, Sozni, Khatamband, Walnut Wood Carving, Paper Mache and Kani Shawls. Currently, 1.55 lakh artisans have been trained through 432 training centres. Artisans now have easy access to bank credit, which is a major plus when involved in specialised industry. Revival and holistic development are the key words in force in the UT and things can only get better from here


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