Handicraft workers hold protest

Excelsior Correspondent

Handicraft workers and artisans during a protest at Srinagar on Thursday. —Excelsior/Amin War
Handicraft workers and artisans during a protest at Srinagar on Thursday. —Excelsior/Amin War

SRINAGAR, Nov 12: Kashmir Handicraft Workers and Artisans Union today held a protest rally here at Press Enclave and urged the State Government to address their long pending grievances at the earliest.
The Union president, Nisar Ahmad, while addressing the rally, highlighted the plight of the handicraft workers and artisans whose units suffered heavily by the devastating floods of last year. He said that in the rehabilitation programme while some sections have received financial aid to restart their business units, the poor handicraft workers and artisans have been conveniently ignored.
He said that the interest subsidy on the loans advanced to this poor working class has also not been released till date. “In addition, the Government also did not fulfill its commitment to raise the amount of loan advanced under artisans’ credit card scheme from Rs 90,000 to one and a half lakh”, he added.
He impressed upon the Government to fulfill its commitment and come out with a comprehensive relief package for the handicraft workers and artisans of Kashmir.

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