Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir government has decided to set up 10 artisan clusters in Srinagar for Rs 64-crore, Minister for Industry and Commerce S S Salathia said on Wednesday.
A project of Rs 64 crore has been initiated under which 10 artisan clusters will be established in Srinagar city very soon, the minister said while interacting with a deputation of Kashmiri Artisan Association Trade Union Srinagar here.
He said various trades, including paper machie, khatamband, wood carving, pashmina, copper work, leather work, kani shawl, sozni embroidery and willow work will be taken up under these clusters.
"This scheme will be extended to other parts of the state," he added.
Salathia assured the artisans that the land will be provided to them and the process of identification has already been taken up so that they can set up their units on modern pattern and will be able to earn livelihood with dignity.
Various schemes have been launched for rehabilitation of deserving, genuine, needy and skilled artisans of the state, he said.
He said a special card would be issued to artisans and policy will be formulated for providing interest free loan for card holders.
The minister gave patient hearing to the deputationists and assured them that their genuine demands would be redressed on priority.