Confers State Awards to artisans who exhibited unique skill in different crafts
Srinagar: Self Help Groups are viable economic activities which create employment opportunities, besides exploring local potential optimally in traditional Handicraft and Handloom trades including Carpet, Sozni, Paper Machie, Crewel and Namda.
This was stated by Advisor to Lieutenant Governor, Baseer Ahmad Khan while inaugurating the JKNRLM’s (UMEED) five days Regional Mela ‘POOSHIDA HUNNER’-A humble step towards strengthening of Women SHGs economically at Kashmir Haat here.
While speaking on the occasion, Baseer said he was impressed with the variety and quality of products prepared and displayed by different Self Help Groups on the stalls at Exhibition Ground.
He told SHG members that their enthusiastic participation in the Mela to display and showcase products is encouraging and is a statement of their commitment and dedication for promotion of skill and finished products besides economic empowerment.
He said that the government led by Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha is working with an agenda of equitable and balanced development for the upliftment of all sections of the society.
He said various measures have been taken for marketing and exploring the space at prime locations for displaying the SHGs made products across Jammu and Kashmir.
He also directed all Deputy Commissioners of J&K to provide permanent space to SHGs at Rural Haats for displaying and selling of their goods.
He said a huge number of tourists are visiting here who will buy our products and will also help to promote those across the country.
He called participants to increase their production of fine quality goods and said Kashmir is known for its Handicraft and handloom products across the globe.
Later, Baseer gave away awards to the artisans selected for their extraordinary talent in the Carpet, Sozni and Paper Machie sector at the Directorate of Handicraft and Handlooms.
On the occasion, Gh Hussain Rather from Nowshera was awarded 50,000 posthumously, Safder Ali Mir from Sonpah was given 30,000 and Ajaz Ah Dar from Wakura was awarded 20,000 in Sozni category.
In Carpet category, Ali Mohammed Ganaie, Patlipora Payeen Chattable and Gh Mohammed Jan Shahoo shechem Kulgam were conferred with cash prize of Rs 50,000 and Rs 30,000 respectively.
Also, in Paper Machie, Gh Mohi-ud- din from, Zadibal, Altaf Hussain Bhat from Zadibal and Syed Inayat from Alamgiri Bazar were given Rs 50,000, Rs 30,000 and Rs 20,000 prizes respectively.
Besides, in languishing & Innovative category, Ab Majid Shah from Nawa Kadal was awarded Rs 20,000 cash prize.
Further, in category of Crewel, Ruby from Kawadara was awarded Rs 20,000 and in Willow Wicker works, Gh Mohammed Magray, from Kachan, Ganderbal was given award of Rs 50,000.