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Slathia for showcasing state’s handicrafts at international level
JAMMU, Nov 22 : Minister for Industries and Commerce, S. S. Slathia today called upon the fellow countrymen to visit the J&K Pavilion at the Pragti Maidan, New Delhi where genuine artifacts of the three regions of the state, having unique and distinctive characteristics, have been put on exhibition cum sale for the benefit of visitors.

Speaking at Jammu and Kashmir Day at Pragti Maidan, New Delhi in connection with India International Trade Fair-2012 this afternoon, Slathia said that handicrafts of the J&K state are famous world over for intricate designs, precision and high quality adding that J&K Handicrafts Pavilion in the Trade Fair has been put up with a view to provide genuine products to the buyers without exploitation of the middlemen besides showcasing state’s rich arts and crafts at national and international levels.

Slathia also made a fervent appeal to the pilgrims / devotees of Mata Vaishnov Devi to extend their visit on their arrival for darshan of the Shri Mata Vaishno Devi at Katra, Jammu, to see the enchanting and breath taking natural beauty of Jammu division and Kashmir valley adding that situation in the valley has improved considerably and it is as safe to visit it as any other state of the country. He said J&K government under the dynamic leadership of the Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah is endeavouring hard to developed world class tourism infrastructure in various parts of the state for the convenience of the tourists. He said J&K offers vast scope for promotion of pilgrim tourism besides golfing, winter games, adventure tourism and water sports and efforts are underway to develop the state as round the year tourism hub.

Slathia said that state’s handicrafts and handlooms are linked to its ancient civilization, heritage and culture and they have enjoyed the privilege and patronage of the Royal Kings and Mughals in the past. He asked the offices of the Handicrafts department of the state to explore modern marketing channels in the world market to promote sale of Kashmiri handicrafts.

Later, the Minister accompanied with the Commissioner Secretary Industries and Commerce, Shant Manu and Director Handicrafts, J&K, Muzzafar Hussain visited various stalls set up at the JK Pavilion and interacted with stall holders who have set up their stalls for showcasing their artistic items. He also interacted with the artisans who are performing live demonstration of different crafts specially set up for familiarizing the visitors about the manufacturing process. The stall holders expressed their satisfaction with the arrangements made by the department of handicrafts for facilitating marketing of their products.

The Jammu and Kashmir Art, Culture and Languages have organized a variety cultural show for entertainment of the visitors whereas J&K Information Department has organized Photo Exhibition to showcase state’s rich traditions and its art and culture.
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News Updated at : Friday, November 23, 2012
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