A delegation of Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) Thursday held an interactive meeting with the director Craft Development Institute (CDI), Zubair Ahmad and professor of Veterinary Science and Animal Husbandry, SKUAST-K, Sarfaraz Ahmad Wani.
According to a statement, members belonging to handicrafts and handloom highlighted the problems related to the customs and use of outdated technology for testing of Kashmiri Pashmina Shawls.
They expressed concern about the dwindling state of Kashmir handicrafts and the miseries that handicraft artisans are going through over the years. “The role and importance of the handicrafts sector in Kashmir economics, as always has been commendable. Appreciating its will and resilience they reiterated and demanded the State and Central Government should come forward for the survival of artisans be it Pashmina Shawl weavers or Traders and rescue them from losses which have occurred due to detaining of consignments at Delhi customs on the pretext of testing,” the statement read.
They urged the state government to ensure the use of modern testing method which could ensure foolproof testing in short period so that the consignment is released from the customs on time and orders of their buyers won’t get cancelled as it is happening frequently these days.
They also urged State government to ensure testing of Kashmiri Shawls is done as per the latest Standards issued by the Bureau of Indian standards and ban all other obsolete methods of testing.