Kashmir artisans not happy with PM’s package

Jammu and Kashmir Artisans’ Rehabilitation Forum has expressed dismay over the PM’s financial package saying it contained nothing for the handicraft industry of Kashmir.

Jammu and Kashmir Artisans' Rehabilitation Forum has expressed dismay over the PM's financial package saying it contained nothing for the handicraft industry of Kashmir.

At a meeting of its office bearers, the forum discussed threadbare the financial package which PM Narendra Modi announced on Saturday at Srinagar.

The members said it was disheartening that not a single penny was allocated for handicrafts industry or for the rehabilitation of artisans.

"Though the prime minister mentioned the handicrafts development in his speech in Srinagar, yet no financial relief was announced in the package," JKARF General Secretary, Parvaiz Bhat said.

During the meeting, Shiekh Ashiq, patron JKARF said that the issues of artisans and their problems have not been addressed by the government. "Now there was some hope that the package may contain something for them. But it turned out that there was nothing for the artisans in this mega package."

Ashiq said: "If the government does not take any tangible steps for the rehabilitation of the artisans, then they would be forced to come on the streets." 

Parvaiz Bhat said: "The artisans from different parts of state felt let down again by the government as no effort has ever been made by the government to address their issues."

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