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GANDERBAL: An awareness camp-cum Design Workshop was conducted by the office of Assistant Director Handicrafts Ganderbal at Government College of Physical Education, Gadura Ganderbal here today. Additional District Development Commissioner, Ganderbal, Nazir Ahmad Baba was the chief guest on the occasion. Assistant Director Handicrafts, Ganderbal, Mushtaq Ahmad Shah was also present on the occasion.


A large gathering of artisans mainly belonging to Willow-Wicker craft participated in the programme and was appraised of the innovations created by School of Designs. The prototypes of new designs were also kept on display for adoption by the artisans. Speaking on the occasion, ADDC Ganderbal appreciated the efforts of the Handicrafts Department Ganderbal in reaching out to the doorsteps of the artisans and suggested that such camps should be organized on regular basis at different craft pockets of the district.


Assistant Director Handicrafts Ganderbal highlighted the departmental activities carried out in the district and informed the audience that one craft cluster stands approved under World Bank aided Programme for promotion and development of Willow-Wicker craft. Among others, Lead District Manager, representatives from KVIB, state co-operative Bank and Willow-wicker experts from School of Design also participated in the programme.  They apprised the artisans about various schemes being offered by the respective departments/wings. The artisans also interacted with the officers in a question-answer session and on spot solutions were offered to redress their grievances.