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Govt committed to support J&K towards dev of crafts, artisans: Prashant Goyal

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SRINAGAR: Principal Secretary Industries & Commerce, Prashant Goyal, today reaffirmed that the government is committed to supporting Jammu and Kashmir towards the development of crafts and artisans.

Goyal stated this while addressing the distribution ceremony of certificates and Artisan cards at Kashmir Haat here.

Director National Council for Promotion of Urdu Language (NCPUL), New Delhi, Dr Aquil Ahmad, and Director Handcrafts & Handloom, Mehmood Ahmad Shah, trainees, artisans, and other concerned were also present on the occasion.

Speaking on the valedictory function, Principal Secretary said that Craft Development Institution (CDI) has adopted a comprehensive approach towards making Kashmir handicrafts competitive with huge market sustainability. He reiterated that the government of India is determined to extend all possible support to J&K and its artisans for the development of crafts.

He applauded NCPUL for planning to establish new training centers and other support requirements so that youth get employment and can subsequently contribute to themselves and society at large. He said, so far, GI tags have been acquired for seven products while this tagging for seven more products is in process.

Director NCPUL, who is also chairman of Aabru Welfare Society, and Director Handicrafts and Handloom also spoke on the occasion.

On the occasion, Goyal distributed certificates among 80 girls, 40 each from CDI Srinagar and 40 from Aabru Women Welfare Society Bandipora who have successfully completed their six-month course in paper Machie.

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