Thursday, February 9, 2012

Degree College at Ramgarh soon

Minister for Industries and Commerce, S S Slathia today said that an ambitious project for revival of world famous Basohli paintings, pashmina and kani shawls with emphasis on recreation of antique designs has been undertaken through Handloom Development Corporation to give fresh impetus to the handicrafts activities in the State.

"Antique Basohli paintings and Royal pashmina are in great demand in the international market", Slathia said while addressing a public gathering at Swankha village in Vijaypur today, adding that all the available resources are being pooled to tap the optimum potential under these segments of handicrafts sector.

He said while a special fund of ` 2.50 crore has been earmarked for revival of kani-shawl, silk handloom sarees and recreation of antique pashmina shawls, the common facility centre for development of pashmina at Samba under ASIDE project is being revived at a cost of ` 6 crore.

Slathia said that the Handloom Development Corporation has identified about 600 Royal pashmina shawls from different museums and art galleries, out of which 117 shawl designs have been recreated so far. About 50 more Royal shawls are being recreated during the current fiscal.

Responding to the demands of the villagers, the Minister announced a Degree College at Ramgarh, adding the Government Middle School Swankha will be upgraded to High School standard. He said ongoing works on Dak Bungalow and Childrens' Park will also be expedited.

Slathia asked the villagers of Swankha to provide land for construction of a Community Hall and a Panchayat Bhawan for which adequate funds have been earmarked. He said an irrigation tube well will be constructed in the village during the next fiscal, adding that all possibilities would be explored to open an extension centre of J&K Bank in the village places to visit in kashmir.

On this occasion, about 21 political activists of the village joined National Conference, who was welcomed in the party by the Minister.

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