Srinagar- Kashmir Chamber of Commerce & Industry (Inc) and Federation Chamber of Industries (FCIK) Monday welcomed the transfer of administrative control of the Craft Development Institute (CDI) to the Industries and Commerce Department for promoting GI tagging of J&K arts and crafts.
Ahmad Monday welcomed the decision of the Administrative Council which met under the Chairmanship of Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha, the transfer of administrative control of the Craft Development Institute (CDI) to the Industries and Commerce Department for promoting GI tagging of J&K arts and crafts.
“The decision is welcomed and aimed at promoting and developing the traditional, contemporary, modern and diversified crafts in Jammu and Kashmir through targeted and strategic planning,” KCC&I president Sheikh Ashiq said in a statement.
He said that the Craft Development Institute plays a pivotal role in identifying and promoting varied crafts and obtaining the coveted Geographical Indicator (GI) tag to further boost awareness and sales of authentic products.
“The Craft Development Institute has so far assisted Pashmina, Sozni, Kani, Khatamband, Paper Machie, Walnut Carving, and Carpet art in achieving the GI tag.”
President also urged the J&K government to provide a financial budgetary support to the Craft Development Institute for their various projects and provide best Craft faculty for students and their upcoming projects.
The Kashmir Chamber of Commerce & Industry as previously and will always play vital role and support Craft Development Institute for their future projects, he said.
Meanwhile, FCIK also welcomed the decision.
FCIK President in a statement said as previously the Craft Development Institute has protected the artisans through authentic trade of genuine pashmina based handicrafts and handloom products in the market. The Institute has so far assisted Pashmina, Sozni, Kani, Khatamband, Papermachie, Walnut carving, and Carpet art in achieving the GI tag. Today’s step of transfer of CDI to I&C Dept will make the Jammu and Kashmir’s art and craft more efficient and smooth-running.
FCIK Secretary General Ovees Qadir Jamie said the transfer of CDI to the I&C department will help in making the prompt decision making and better supervision as the I&C Department is the parent department to promote the craft & skills. The decision of transfer of Craft Development Institute (CDI) to the Industries will promote and develop the contemporary, traditional and diversified crafts in Jammu and Kashmir through better planning. The CDI which is providing Geographical Indicator (GI) tag will build Synergies with I&C Department to boost awareness and sales of authentic products.
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