DRSC reviews functioning of Industries & Commerce, allied sectors

Calls for innovative measures to boost industrial activities

Newspoint Bureau

Jammu Tawi, November 24

The Departmental Related Standing Committee (DRSC-I) Thursday underscored the need for taking innovative steps to boost the activities across the State under industries sector pivotal for providing more employment opportunities to the unemployed educated youth.

The Committee, which met here under the Chairmanship of MLC Ghulam Nabi Monga, reviewed the overall functioning of Industries and Commerce (I&C) Department besides its allied departments.

Legislators, Ali Mohammad Dar, Ashok Khajuria, Dr Bashir Ahmad Shah (Veeri) and Showkat Ahmad Ganaie attended the meeting as Committee Members. The Members during the meeting gave their valuable suggestions for improvement in the working of Industries sector in the State.

The Committee directed I&C Department for conducting survey to identify the land in various districts for setting up various kinds of industrial units for skilled youth.

The panel also suggested for introducing e-commerce system in the department to increase the value and marketing of different products produced by the artisans in the State.

The Committee also reviewed LoC Trade from Uri and Chakan-da-Bagh Poonch and it was informed that the trade is running smoothly.

Commissioner Secretary I & C Shailender Kumar, Director Handicrafts, Director Handloom, Directors I&C, Kashmir and Jammu divisions, besides other senior officers of I&C department and Council Secretariat attended the meeting.

The meeting was apprised that work on upgradation of infrastructure at Trade Facilitation Centre Uri is apace and would be completed within stipulated time frame.

Commissioner Secretary, I&C briefed the Committee about implementation of several schemes for promotion of industrial activities in the State.

Director Handloom apprised the Committee that department is considering to establish a Kani Shawl Project at Kanihama to encourage the local artisans towards this craft, which is famous all over the world.

The meeting was also apprised that Government has kept a provision of Rs 35 crore for upgradation of modern infrastructure in Silk and Woolen mills at Srinagar which would improve the quality of the manufacturing of Pashmina shawls and other products.

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