Srinagar, June 11: A delegation of Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industries led by President, Sheikh Ashiq Ahmad met Principal Secretary Industries and Commerce, Rajan Prakash Thakur and apprised him of the plights of the people associated with Capet Industry which is now on the verge of decline and sought the intervention of government in reviving the ailing industry.
According to a statement issued here, the delegation suggested the need for establishment of Model carpet villages and “put forth strategies to save seven hundred year old industry and sought governments support in its preservation, promotion and revival at local, national and international level.”
The delegation comprised of representatives from All Kashmir Carpet Manufacturers & Traders Association, Meeras Carpet Weavers Co-operative Ltd. and Kashmir Carpet Cluster Development Organization.
“In order to meet the market demands, according to its spokesperson, the delegation, suggested government to invite international buyers to visit Carpet Village annually and promote the local industry with new designs and innovations to cater the demands of international market,” the statement reads. “As the industry is on decline, and its condition is worrisome, the delegation apprised the authorities of its hay days when just two decades
ago more than 100 exporters were involved in exporting Silk Handmade Carpets which has declined to handful, who are also at the verge of closing down their units. In order to prevent the extinction of this heritage industry, the delegation requested Principal Secretary that exporters should be given incentives like Export Subsidy to all handmade craft products besides soft loan for manufacturing, compensation of freight subsidy and establishment of artisan welfare Board.”