The District Development Commissioner (DDC), Kupwara, Imam Din today inaugurated a day long Handicraft Awareness cum Registration Camp for artisans at Town Hall, here.
Speaking on the occasion, the DDC said that handicrafts have historical background connected with the economy of the rural population. He said the government is taking concerted efforts to restore the glory of the handicraft sector. He said a new trend has been evolved in Kupwara district and rural educated females are taking interest in the handicrafts sector.
The DDC said that various measures are being taken to boost the handicraft sector in the district which includes provision of Rs.1 lakh free financial assistance to the Industrial Cooperative Societies comprising 10 to 12 girls. Besides, Credit Card Facility worth Rs.2 lakh are being provided to the artisans.
Earlier, the AD Handicrafts, Muzammil Hassan Choudhary informed that new registrations of 726 artisans have been made in the district so that they can avail benefits of the schemes meant for the development of Handicraft sector.
He informed that 28 Training Centers are presently functioning in the district where 685 trainees are on roll. A stipend of Rs.1000 per month is being provided to the trainees of Elementary Course. While as, Rs.1500 is being provided to the trainees of Advance Course.
On the occasion, subject matter specialists of the department and other officers of allied departments raised awareness regarding the government artisan welfare programmes and schemes.
Among others, the camp was attended by various officers of different departments and a large number of artisans.