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Skandan reviews performance of KVIB

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SRINAGAR, MAY 23: Advisor to Governor, K Skandan today chaired a meeting here to review the performance of Jammu and Kashmir Khadi and Village Industries Board (KVIB).

On the occasion, Advisor stressed upon the need of harmonized efforts among various stakeholders to improve the earning capacity of artisans associated with the Board.

Vice Chairperson KVIB, Dr Hina Shafi Bhat and other senior officers of KVIB attended the meeting.

While applauding the performance of the Board under different employment generation programmes, the Advisor who is also Chairman J&K KVIB said that the working of Board can be made a case study for other departments.

The Advisor also took keen interest in newly launched Jammu and Kashmir Rural Employment Generation Programme (JKREGP) and suggested that the programme should be open for all, irrespective of educational background.

“JKREGP is an exceptional scheme, but there should not be any educational barrier and cost of project should be based on potential of the industrial unit, instead of qualification of the applicant,” he added.

Speaking on the occasion, Vice Chairperson laid thrust on the honey production and said that Jammu and Kashmir has the potential to produce best quality honey. She said as hand-holding support to the people associated with this trade, the Board will explore markets outside the state, particularly by selling honey and other products to Khadi and Village Industries Boards of other States.

Regarding Scheme of Funds for Regeneration of Traditional Industries (SFURTI) programme, the Vice-Chairperson stressed upon e-commerce facility for the artisans. She said Board can play a pioneering role in internationalizing traditional industry of the State by displaying products on websites, thus giving an identity to the artisans and their products.

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