Srinagar: Prof. Saifuddin Soz, Senior Congress Leader and Former Union Minister Saturday said that Valley Artisans pursuing various crafts, Khatamband, Pashmina Shawls, Copper Works, Wood Works, Paper Machie and all other skills live in an atmosphere of hopelessness and poverty of resources. He said in recent years, their plight has touched a new low as they suffer total neglect of the system be it the Government or the private sector economic activity.
In a statement to CNS, Soz said that he failed to do something for these artisans as power elite of J&K State had advertently or inadvertently become the supporters of the tormentors of the Artisans.
One reason why the Artisans do not get a deal through the system that has continued to yield them only subsistence is that their tormentors have gained positions in Public and Private financial Institutions concerned with Trade, Commerce and Industry, particularly with the Manufacturing Industry. It does not require a deep study to understand that, for instance, production of Pashmina Shawls and copper utensils through machines are banned under J&K State Govt.s Acts. But, the Artisans have moved from pillar to post to seek relief under these Acts. It is obvious that nothing moves in their favour. Instead, the persons involved in production of the commodities through machines have gained access to the very institutions that are supposed to provide succour to them (Artisans).
I feels that the System has become so rotten through corruption that it is law-abiding who should worry for themselves not the ones who have just contempt for laws regulating life for a decent and dignified living, he said.
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