‘Handloom flagged as focus sector under new Industrial Investment Policy’

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Jammu: A Workshop on development of handloom heritage and innovation was today organized by Intach, J&K Jammu Chapter, here at Udyog Bhawan.
Director Handloom, Babila Rakwal was the Chief Guest and Convener Intach J&K Chapter, Saleem Beg was the guest of honour, while Joint Director Information and Public Relations, Namrita Dogra was the guest Speaker.
In her address, Director Handloom highlighted the schemes of Handloom Development Department stating that GoI has sanctioned several projects under the National Handloom Development Programme. She said that Handloom Sector is being promoted as a focus sector under new Industrial Investment Policy.
Convener Intach J&K Chapter Saleem Beg, highlighted the fact that earlier Handloom Development Corporation was the primary supplier of the government departments, which enabled the handloom weavers to flourish in the State. This however, he said, has stopped breaking the assured supply chain of the Weavers.
Joint Director Information and Public Relations, Namrita Dogra, in her address, highlighted that there is a niche market for handloom sector, which is getting destroyed due to flooding of fake products
Dr. C. M Seth, noted Environmentalist and Co-Convener Intach, also spoke on the occasion.
It was announced that process of GI tagging of Kishtwari blankets is in the final stage and government also intends to provide GI tag to Basohli Pashmina.

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