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Handicrafts Deptt refutes claims of weaver about unsold carpet inventory

Srinagar:  Taking cognizance of the viral video circulating on social media wherein a carpet weaver, Mohd Maqbool Dar from Ashtangoo,Bandipora, was found burning a carpet, the Department of  Handicrafts and Handloom Department deputed a team  early today which found out that there was no inventory of carpets with the concerned person which could have been purchased by J&K Arts Emporium as per their purchase policy.

The team included representatives from J&K Kashmir Arts Emporium to ascertain the factual position and to effect a purchase to relieve the distress of the artisan.

It was found by the inspection team that there was absolutely no inventory of carpets with the concerned person which could have been purchased by J&K Arts Emporium as per their purchase policy.

It was also noticed by the team that the carpet which was shown being burnt in the video , had already been damaged in the alleged fire incident in January 2022 and was not a fresh carpet, as claimed by him in the video.

During the inspection, it came to the fore at the Department of Handicrafts and Handloom Kashmir through the Indian Institute of Carpet Technology (IICT) has already extended necessary support to the Delight Industrial Cooperative headed by Mohd Maqbool Dar.

The Institute has provided 5 modern carpet looms, 10 sitting benches, working tools, 20 solar lanterns, and silk yarn worth 3 lakhs along with computerized carpet designs, absolutely free of cost under a Centrally Sponsored Scheme. “ Besides, the person in question has also been paid an amount of Rs fifty thousand from time to time by the IICT under the same scheme for monitoring/ supervising the work of the Industrial Cooperative. Further the Directorate of Handicrafts and Handloom Kashmir have given the concerned artisan ample opportunities in various exhibitions conducted from time to time.”

 “As a matter of fact, the Department of Handicrafts and Handloom has taken many steps such as GI Tagging of carpets, fixation of minimum support price for carpets, financial assistance to registered Industrial cooperatives, artisan credit cards. etc for the development of the sector and many more initiatives are in offing.”

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