SRINAGAR: Chief Secretary, Atal Dillu on Tuesday reviewed possible projects for large-scale promotion of handicrafts and Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in Jammu and Kashmir in collaboration with the World Bank. The meeting was attended by Principal Secretary, Finance. Commissioner Secretary, Industries and Commerce; Secretary, Revenue; MD, JKTPO; Director Handlooms and Handicrafts, Jammu and Kashmir; MD, CIDCO and other concerned officers.
The Chief Secretary reviewed in detail the extensive counters of the proposals prepared by the concerned department in this regard and reflected some observations on each component proposed in these plans. He appreciated the exercises done by the concerned heads in preparing these mega plan proposals.
Dulu also asked for further refinement of these plans in the light of the feedback given by the participants during the meeting. He called for micro-analysis of each proposed activity to enhance its effectiveness and acceptability as per international standards. He added that other real stakeholders should be consulted to add more perspectives to the plan. He emphasized on introducing modern technology, new design, skill upgradation, credit linkages, marketing intervention while formulating their projects. Additionally, he called for economy, environment and equity to make such proposals a hallmark to increase their adoption rate for all.
In a presentation, the Director Handicrafts, Kashmir highlighted the current challenges faced by the artisans of Jammu and Kashmir, the past popularity of these handicrafts and the problems faced in their development besides the previous initiatives taken and proposed by the government. Interventions highlighted. Raised with the support of an international organization.
Possible interventions suggested at this point include setting up Common Facility Centers (CFCs) for artisans where they can work under one roof with all basic facilities. Apart from this, other initiatives suggested include testing and certification centers, onboarding on e-commerce platforms, collaboration with international brands, skill development and upgradation, expansion of credit facilities, establishment of trade centers, environmental social responsibility. Attending trade fairs/exhibitions observing the market. ESR) throughout the process.
Explaining the Strategic Investment Plan under Ramping Up and Accelerating MSME Performance (RAMP), MD, JKTPO gave an overview of the MSME sector followed by the salient features of the RAMP programme. He also briefed the meeting about the baseline survey of MSMEs in Jammu and Kashmir, stakeholder consultation and value chain assessment conducted under this programme.
Regarding the industrial base, it was reported that there are about 7.09 lakh MSMEs including 7.05 lakh micro, 4500 small and 290 medium enterprises contributing about 8% of the GDP in Jammu and Kashmir. It added that around 40,000 weavers and 3.78 lakh artisans and craftsmen work in the handloom and handicrafts sector and the registration of importers and exporters has increased by 173 per cent in the last financial year.
Proposed interventions for its promotion include formalization of MSME sector, interest concession for stressed MSMEs, annual guarantee fee coverage of CGTMSE, access to digital financing for MSMEs, branding of ODOP/GI products of J&K, packaging and Promotion, organization of buyer-seller meetings, raw material and inventory management, entrepreneurship and skill development among other initiatives are beneficial for this sector in Jammu and Kashmir.

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