Prakash visits Kashmir Govt Arts Emporium

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Takes stock of its functioning, calls for e-commerce for promoting handicraft sales

SRINAGAR: Minister for Industries and Commerce and who is also Chairman JKHC, Mr. Chander Prakash Wednesday visited Kashmir Government Arts Emporium and took stock of its functioning. He also inspected various handicraft items displayed in its Showroom for sale, including Silk Carpets, Pashmina and Woolen Shawls, Readymade Garments, Silk Sarees, Chain Stitch Rugs, Numdas, Paper Machie, Leather Goods, Metal Machie, Walnut Wood, Furniture, and Jewellery.

Impressed with quality and design of the products, the Minister appreciated the craft and work of the local artisans.

The Minister stressed upon the concerned officers to look for new ways and means to improve marketing and sale of such exclusive handicrafts. Highlighting benefits of e-commerce in this day and age, the Minister said that making such products available online for shopping can also go a long way in improving their sale. He also asked the concerned for organising sale Bazaars to help sale of these items. The Minister said he was optimistic about the Corporation’s potential to increase its annual turnover.

 Earlier, Managing Director, Ishtiaq Hussain Drabu briefed the Minister on various issues at the Corporation and requested for grant of one time revolving fund of Rs 20 Crore so that the Corporation could  purchase handicraft items directly from Artisans so that benefits of procurement also percolates to artisan fraternity.

The Managing Director also handed over Revival Plan of Corporation to the Minister for consideration.

The Minister also went around the Administrative office of the heritage block.

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