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Central government along with the J & K administration have been providing the required support for the growth of the handicrafts sector.

Recently the Chief Secretary held the introductory review of the Industries and Commerce Department to take stock of its working and implementation of the Industrial Policy here in the UT.

He also observed that the PM Vishwakarma scheme is the platform that envisages end to end support to the marginal artisans and craftsmen who work with their hands and deserve support and recognition for their work. Hence the scheme should be given due priority for its proper implementation. He directed for providing every kind of assistance to the applicants for registration as per the approved target and ensure that every such artisan is on boarded on the portal .

He reviewed the progress on GI tagging and He advised  to fulfill all the necessary formalities for securing the same for the 11 products in pipeline in addition to the 10 notified. He also directed to enhance the number of such authorized users in a time-bound manner.

It was revealed that of the 46 new IEs, 7 and 8 are being developed by IRCON and NBCC and 6 each by CPWD and SIDCO/SICOP respectively. The Chief Secretary noted the issues of development of industrial estates and future plans of the department, capex expenditure made till date and directed to fast track its pace and meet the deadlines.

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