Srinagar: The Kashmir Chamber of Commerce & Industry (Inc) has expressed concern about the dwindling state of Kashmir handicrafts.
KCC&I has also sought government attention towards the 'miseries' of the handicraft artisans.
"The role and importance of the handicraft in the Kashmir economics, as always has been remarkable, even during the worst phase of turmoil in the state through past three decades, KCC&I said while appreciating the will and resilience of Kashmir handicraft artisans.
KCC&I has reiterated its demand for the State and Central Governments to come forward and lend a helping hand to handicraft artisans be they carpet weavers, pashmina/shawl weavers, papier machie artisans, wood carvers, embroidery/crewel workers or namdha makers.
KCCI has urged government to rescue these artisans from drowning in debts and remit their loans by the banks/financial institutions. KCCI also urged the State government to rejuvenate the Government Arts Emporium (JK Handicraft Corporation) with the grant of a revolving fund of not less than Rs. 30 crores for buying the Kashmir handicrafts from the artisans/ weavers for sale at the Emporium branches spread all over the country.
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