Rs 100 cr for J&K’s 40,000 looms

PTI Jammu | Updated on March 13, 2011

In a bid to give a new look and boost to Jammu and Kashmir’s handloom industry, the State Government has embarked on a mega-plan of modernising 40,000

looms with an investment of Rs 100 crore, said the Minister for Industries and Commerce, Mr Surjeet Singh Slathia, while wrapping up the discussion on the grant of his Ministry in J&K Assembly.

Besides, the Government is also focusing on design and diversification, providing credit facilities, enhancing weavers productivity by skill upgradation and use of efficient handlooms, he said.

The handloom sector is a labour-intensive cottage industry, which rolls out woven Pashmina shawls, Raffle Kani Shawls, silk saris, Kishtwari blankets, bed-heets, curtains, cushions and various other items.

The Minister said two chemical mineral testing laboratories have been set up, one each in Jammu and Ompora Budgam.

Published on March 13, 2011

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