ERA To Spend Rs 4.53 Crore On Handicraft Clusters  

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SRINAGAR — The Economic Recon­struction Agency is developing a consultancy support for the de­velopment of embroidery and papier machie crafts at Noor Bagh and Zadibal at Srinagar respectively at a cost of Rs. 2.39 crore and Rs. 2.18 crore.

This information was given by Dr. Raghav Langer Chief Ex­ecutive Officer J&KERA / JTFRP during his visit to the handicraft clusters here today. The project has been taken up under resto­ration and strengthening of live­lihood component of the World Bank funded Jhelum Tawi Flood Recovery Project and Depart­ment of Industries and Com­merce is the Project Implemen­tation Unit for the component.

CEO ERA was informed by officials of Handicraft Depart­ment that so far “comprehen­sive skill assessment of the ar­tisans skilled in the traditional crafts of embroidery (crewel, chain-stitch) and papier machie has been done and artisan have been categorized according to their level of skill by the consul­tants.” The consultants “have been engaged for the purpose and now the focus is being given on the up gradation of the skills of the artisans and for which recently a workshop was orga­nized for the artisans wherein they were imparted latest train­ings on product design and col­or schemes to be adopted while designing a product.”

The CEO was further informed that “ it will be followed by provid­ing artisans with improved market linkages with assured supply order worth Rs 3 crores for each provide them with platforms to participate and exhibit their crafts in major exhibitions. The creation of artisan database and creation civil infra­structure in the said handicrafts clusters areas is also included in the overall project.”

Later CEO ERA also visited Solina Silk Factory wherein Of­ficer was shown various sections of the Filature which has been established way back in 1939. A consultancy services for preserv­ing the heritage value of the unit its landscaping and exploring op­portunities for setting up of the Haat in the premises is also being carried out under the said project.

Ghulam Qadir, General Man­ager, Joinery Mill, Pampore , Nodal Officers of JTFRP/ handi­crafts department accompanied CEO ERA/JTFRP during the visit.

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