J&K Plans 10 Estates To Boost Industrial Sector
4 July 2007
Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir government proposes to set up 10 industrial estates across the state to give fillip to the sector, Minister of State for Industries and Commerce Romesh Chander said today. Industrialisation is the key to tackle the growing unemployment and the government will set up 10 industrial estates to give more fillip to the sector, Chander said addressing the Handicraft Trade Expo- 2007 here. He said the government has initiated numerous measures to rejuvenate the traditional handicrafts, which was a source of livelihood for a big chunk of population. Funds to the tune of Rs 18 crore have been released through Jammu and Kashmir Handicraft Corporation for establishment of infrastructure like Common Facility Centre, Craft Development Institute of Carpet Technology at Baghi Ali Marden Khan in interior Srinagar and Urban Haats in the state, he said. The minister said several steps have also been taken to provide better training and marketing facility to artisans. A project worth Rs three crore is under execution for revival of popular Kanni shawls. Abdul Rashid Dar, Chairman, Handicrafts Development Corporation, which is eyeing Rs 12.27 crore sales this year, said the organisation has been striving for expansion of markets in India and abroad. Handicrafts Sales and Export Corporation Managing Director Abdul Majeed Khanday said the corporation would participate in national expo's at Kolkata and Mumbai in December and 'Craft Bazaar' at Shimla, Dehra Dun, Lucknow and Udaipur from September to January 2008.