The Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industry shall prepare a ‘vision document’ for the upliftment of handicraft industry in Kashmir.
The Valley-based artisan rehabilitation forum urged the state government to take effective steps for the upliftment of the handicrafts sector.
The artisans along with the members of Kashmir Chamber of Commerce Industry (KCCI) held a discussion on ways to prevent the art and heritage associated with the handicraft industry.
Sheikh Ashiq, President KCCI said the handicraft industry is a victim of the bad industrial policy, adding that this sector needs a lease of life.
Ashiq said the KCCI will soon prepare a vision document for upliftment of the handicraft industry which shall be presented to the state government.
Most of the artisans at the event stressed the need for giving impetus to the handicrafts industry saying the sector, which was on booming earlier, is now on a decline.
The industry representatives underlined the hardships being faced by artisans especially due to “fewer trade queries and lesser demand for the products”.
They urged the state government to take immediate steps to meet the ‘genuine demands’ of artisans such as providing them with debt relief on the lines of Kisan Credit Cards.
The artisans at the event, who had come from various parts of the Valley, included women also.