SRINAGAR- Director Handloom, Rajesh Sharma today exhorted upon the officers for creating a database of weavers so that they can be facilitated with adequate assistance under various state and centrally sponsored schemes.
The Director was reviewing the working of the department during a meeting convened with the officers.
He asked the officers to adopt proactive approach to ensure that optimum benefits of welfare schemes reach the weavers adding that focus should be laid on resolving all urgent issues of weavers. He also asked for providing credit card and micro credit cards to weavers at the earliest.
The Director stressed that local artisans should be identified and encouraged so that traditional art is promoted and becomes economically viable employment avenue. He asked for rejuvenating the training centres for better skill development of the weavers.
He reviewed the achievements and progress made by the department under various schemes and welfare programmes like Integrated Handloom Development Scheme, Weavers Credit Card Scheme, Marketing and Export Promotion Scheme etc.
Mr Sharma asked the officers to come up with innovative ideas to promote handloom sector in the state adding that this industry has a tremendous potential and has to be optimally tapped with a well conceived plan and dedicated efforts.
He said that Handloom sector is a major contributor in employment generation in rural areas and every effort should be made to implement the centrally sponsored schemes for the socio economic uplift of rural masses.
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