Jammu and Kashmir Bank as a part of its Platinum Jubilee initiative organized a 3-day Dastkaar Mela Saturday in collaboration with Handicrafts Department at historic Badamwari on the foot hills of Hari Parbhat in old Srinagar. Chief Minister while inaugurating the Mela said “ Restoration of handicrafts, tourism glory to catapult economy “. Kashmir Life’s Bilal Bahadur presents some click of the occasion.
Chief Minister Omar Abdullah along with his cabinet colleague Ali Mohammad Sagar and chairman J&K Bank Mushtaq Ahmad stepping inside Badam Vaari to inaugurate 3-day Dastkaar Mela organised by J&K Bank.
“My government took various new initiatives to encourage youth to find their careers in the high potential handicrafts sector,” Omar Abdullah said. He added that his government obtained Geographical Indicators (Patent) for six handicrafts of Pashmina, Kani Shawl, Papier-machie, Walnut Wood Carving, Crewel Chain Stitch Embroidery and Khatamband. He said this has given new dimension to the production of these handicrafts in the state and catapulted its marketability across the world. “This has recognized the patent and originality of these handicrafts and gave fillip to the status of artisans all across the world,” he said.
Addressing a Dastkaar Mela, Chief Minister said that right from day first his government paid focused attention on reviving the world famous handicrafts by addressing the difficulties of artisans and helping their organization and sustained growth and development.
Mentioning the significance of handicrafts in the state’s economy, Omar Abdullah on the occasion said that natural beauty and artisan’s magical skills have mesmerized the world since ages.
The Chief Minister also handed over awards to the budding entrepreneurs who have launched their ventures under SKEWPY and achieved turnover between 50 lakhs to over Rupees one crore during one year of their functioning. He also gave Artisans Credit Cards to various beneficiaries on the occasion.
On the occasion, various stalls were installed by various artisans to showcase their products. The stalls exhibited handicraft items of some 20 handicrafts of the Valley including carpets, shawls, paper-machie, chain stitch crewel, etc.
“We want the number of tourists increase and they make visit to old Srinagar city a necessary part of their itinerary. In this connection, my government has focused on showcasing the heritage and handicrafts of Shahr-i-Khas to the visitors world over,” he added and said that the government is also concentrating on repairing the damages caused to the water-bodies like Dal Lake.
While underlining the importance of preserving the heritage and age old handicrafts designs, Omar Abdullah said that new designs with heritage bearing should be introduced and products of day to day use manufactured to attract the present day consumer towards these items.
“J&K Bank has taken upon itself the stupendous task of empowerment of artisans by giving a fillip to handicrafts. The bank will provide liberal finance to the artisans to meet both investment as well as working capital needs. It will also promote art and craft through creative usage of various communication tools,” read official statement.