Jammu: Jammu and Kashmir government has submitted a proposal to set up four carpet production centres in the state, to the Centre.
"A proposal for setting up four mega Carpet Production Centres (CPC) in crafts-concentrated areas in Jammu and Kashmir has been submitted to the Ministry of Textiles, Government of India," an official of the Handicrafts department said.
The proposal has been made for setting up of these CPCs in Baramulla, Anantnag, Srinagar and Budgam districts of the Kashmir Valley at an estimated cost of Rs 10 crore each, he said.
To give a boost to industry in the Valley, the Centre has sanctioned an amount of Rs eight crore for supply and installation of 2,000 modern carpet looms, he said, adding that another Rs two crore is being contributed by the state government.
The government has taken initiatives for revitalization of handicraft activities and increased the existing rate of stipend by 4 to 5 times in favour of trainees in elementary and advanced training courses across 553 handicrafts and 100 hand-loom training centres in the state, he said.
In order to improve access to micro-credit for artisan weavers, the loan slab under micro finance of artisans has been raised from Rs 50,000 to Rs one lakh and interest subsidy has been enhanced from five to 10 per cent, he said.
Indian Institute of Craft Training (IICT) has launched an integrated skill development scheme wherein short-term courses in carpet manufacturing are being conducted in 8 craft concentrated districts of the state, he said.