November 2019 News

Artisan Survey To Cover 4 Lakh Households In JK

26 November 2019
Rising Kashmir
Irfan Yattoo

Srinagar: The artisan survey set to begin next week would cover 4 lakh households associated with major crafts practiced across Jammu Kashmir, officials said Saturday. Coordinator of the survey, Parvez Ahmad Rather said the survey would begin within next 3 to 4 days across J&K and 60 to 70 trained enumerators would be compiling the data of artisans in both the regions. 'They will cover an estimated 4 lakh households associated with major crafts practiced across J&K. There are around 34 crafts skills which have been mentioned in the survey questionnaire,' he said. Rather said in both Srinagar and Jammu, enumerators Saturday were provided day-long training sessions for the upcoming artesian survey. The government is mulling to compile comprehensive data to register across Jammu Kashmir artisans, who have faced neglect over the years. The day-long training workshop for enumerators was organised by Faridabad, Uttar Pradesh, based company Spectrum Planning India Limited (SPIL), in Srinagar in which around 30-32 enumerators participated. Rather said the survey would be completed in next 8 to 9 months. He said they had completed training workshops at both Jammu and Srinagar and within 3 to 4 days would start data compilation work. To cover all districts, he said the government has appointed district-level officers of handloom and handicrafts as nodal officers to help compile the data. 'The enumerators will be in touch with these nodal officers to compile the authentic data. The data will be compiled in a digital format and there will be minimum chances of any errors,' he said. The data of artisans would be submitted to government and they would be supported through World Bank sponsored 'Jhelum Tawi Flood Recovery Project'. The process of compiling the data is currently being supervised by Jammu Kashmir Industries (JKI). Coordinator Livelihood, Project Implications Unit, J&K Industries and Commerce, M Imran Kozgar said the aim of the project was to restore and strengthen non-farm livelihoods of those affected by 2014 flood. 'To improve the reach, targeting and effectiveness of its interventions, Jammu and Kashmir Industries and Commerce department has decided to develop a comprehensive database for J&K's handicrafts sector,' he said. Kozgar said the data would be a first of its kind in which all the artisans across Jammu Kashmir would be enrolled under a single system. Divisional Manager JKI, Sajid Nazir Wani said the data would be of a great help to know the exact number of artisans. 'It would be first authentic data at our disposal. It will help us frame a target-based policy to uplift the socio-economic status of the artisans,' he said.