SDM inaugurates new centre, cluster of 400 units coming up soon

SDM Dudu PS Chib, flanked by others, inaugurating new weaving centre at Latti in Udhampur on Tuesday.
SDM Dudu PS Chib, flanked by others, inaugurating new weaving centre at Latti in Udhampur on Tuesday.

‘Revival of traditional weaving in Dudu’

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Nov 30: Taking a lead to revive traditional woolen weaving Industry and establish a cluster of 400 local units in remote Dudu-Basantgarh Sub Divisions of district Udhampur, the Govt opened a new training centre at Latti tehsil headquarters today.
Sub Divisional Magistrate (SDM), Dudu, Pardeep Singh Chib inaugurated this new Centre in presence of Sarpanches Kasturi Lal Gupta and Bodh Raj (Panchount), Handloom Deptt officers and prominent persons of the area. The Govt trainers with the assistance of two local trained persons will impart training to 20 people of the area in weaving woolen blankets, shawls, socks and other woolen clothes.
The SDM said that Govt plans to develop a cluster of about 400 such units in Latti, Dudu, Basantgarh area shortly to revive traditional weaving centres (Khadis). The Government will provide all possible support to the local weavers of the area whose units have been closed down since long.
Sarpanch Kasturi Lal Gupta said that this old demand of the people of this area has been fulfilled after the DC Udhampur Indu Kanwal Chib took up the issue with the concerned visiting Union Minister Meghwal at Pancheri recently. He extended gratitude to the Union Govt, LG Manoj Sinha and the DC Udhampur for taking initiative to revive traditional woolen industry in this remote belt after about 50 years.
Gupta said Dudu-Basantgarh Sub Divisions are richest in Jammu region in producing raw material( wool) as the number of nomads (Gaddis) and sheep population is highest in this belt. It is unfortunate that due to lack of Govt support during past 4-5 decades and supply of raw material to Punjab, Kashmir and other areas, the local artisans have lost their job and were facing financial crunch. Their units/ Khaddis were lying closed. With the revival of this industry, over one thousand people of this area will get job, Gupta claimed.
The officials of Handloom Deptt including ND Verma, Assistant Director educated the local weavers about various Schemes lunched by the Union Govt to promote this industry.