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PMKVY projects preserving, reviving Namda craft of Kashmir: Govt

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It will benefit more than 2000 persons in 30 Namda clusters

Srinagar: The Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY) 3.0 and its ‘Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)’ component for upskilling of artisans and weavers of Kashmir is tremendously helping in preserving and revival of Namda craft of Kashmir, officials said Friday.

They said the Namda project will benefit more than 2000 persons of 30 Namda clusters from six districts of Kashmir — Srinagar, Baramulla, Ganderbal, Bandipora, Budgam and Anantnag — and RPL initiative targets to upskill around eleven thousand artisans and weavers of Jammu and Kashmir.

Namda craft is a rug made of sheep wool through a felting technique instead of the normal weaving process.

Earlier the export of this craft had declined and the Central government through this special project under PMKVY of Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE) has designed a short-term training curriculum to preserve this endangered craft.

The project is being implemented in 25 batches in three cycles of training. Each training program is of approximately three and half months, which results in the cycles being completed in approximately 14 – 16 months.

The Namda project will be an industry-based training program with beneficiaries involved in Namda Crafts Production who will contribute towards preserving and reviving the rich heritage associated with Namda craft in Kashmir, officials said.

They said this will also improve the access of existing artisans of the Namda crafts cluster in Kashmir and will improve their prospects of employability. The objective of these projects is to boost and preserve the traditional Namda craft of Kashmir and upskill the local weavers and artisans to enhance their productivity through RPL assessment and certification.

The vision of the central government is to revive and promote traditional and heritage skills and to give artisans support to make them economically sustainable, they said.

Government is also offering artisans exposure to the international markets so that the world becomes aware of the vibrant culture of Kashmir. The project was launched after artisans of J&K sought support to boost the local economy through customised skill training programmes. This prompted the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship to come up with this programme in a bid to meet the economic aspirations of the local youth and take them on the path of development.

The programme will also focus on skilling, upskilling and reskilling local youth to create a ladder of career progression and make them strong pillars of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of Aatmanirbhar Bharat.

Central government is also facilitating the increasing export and making artisans financially independent by boosting the traditional art and is working with a laser focus towards J&K’s development.

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