Crafts Deptt to Tie Up With Online Shopping Portals for Wider Reach

Budgam: - District Handicrafts training center of Budgam is switching to e-commerce giants like Snapdeal, Flipkart and Amazon for promotion of traditional crafts, better marketing avenues and facilitating Sale-cum-Exhibition in and outside the state.

For that they have already started educating and enlisting artisans and facilitating their hassle-free acquisition of PAN cards and VAT/CST (TIN Number) registrations, an official of the center said.

As many as 73 training centers are running successfully in the district by the department.

He said, that 73 training centers for 14 different crafts with each center having the enrolled capacity of 25 girl trainees are being run by the Department.

Presently out of 1825 enrolled trainees in the district, 350 are undergoing training in Crewel, 300 in Sozni, 275 in Staple, 200 in Paper Machie, 175 in Tapestry, 175 in Chain Stitch, 150 in Wood Carving, 100 in Zari, 50 in Copperware, 25 in Silverware and 25 in Carpet weaving craft. 

 Handicraft being the hallmark of Kashmiri identity holds significant place in the state. 

Kashmiri handmade items being unique in design and quality have been in demand the world over.   Handicraft sector being environment friendly, labour intensive and requiring low capital investment has huge employment generating potential and the state government is taking all possible steps to boost this sector. As regards the financial support, 5500 Registered Artisans have been granted Financial Assistance under Artisan Credit Card (ACC) Scheme with 10 per cent interest Subvention being provided by the Department.

During the current financial year the Department has released an amount of Rs 305 lakh for the district as interest subsidy in favor of the beneficiaries financed under the scheme.

There has been revenue realisation of Rs 9.85 lakh in the district on account of the sale of trainees' products during year 2015-2016, he said

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