Srinagar (Jammu and Kashmir), April 8 — The Handloom Department of Jammu and Kashmir and the Industrial Cooperatives (INDUSCOS) wing of the Handicraft Department organised a program on Wednesday at Soura in Srinagar to raise awareness among cooperatives, artisans and the general public about various government schemes.
The schemes are being implemented by the department for the upliftment of the artisans and for promoting Kashmiri handicrafts.
The camp, attended by a large number of artisans, aimed at providing information about various initiatives including financial schemes undertaken by the department and provide advice on how to avail benefits of these schemes.
During the programme artisans in consultation with authorities formed groups with a minimum of ten members. The group members will get certificates and financial assistance at the rate of Rs one lakh per group.
Abdul Majeed Khan an artisan said, "This camp is very important. The artisans work sitting at home, they do not know that the government has set schemes for us and the value of such schemes. These schemes can protect us from getting looted by middlemen.