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SFURTI artisans'' meet
Staff Reporter, DIMAPUR, Dec 6:
Published on 7 Dec. 2008 1:23 AM IST
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Scheme of Fund for Regeneration of Traditional Industries (SFURTI) and inauguration of Balbijay Sewa Kendra was held Saturday at Dhansiripar village with chairperson, Khadi and Village Industries commission Mumbai, Kumud Joshi as chief guest. SFUTRI, launched by the Indian government in 2005, is set with the objective of strengthening traditional industries, to build innovative, traditional skills and to facilitate the marketing aspect of the scheme. The scheme envisage need-based assistance for replacement of production equipment, setting up of common facility centres (CFC), product development, quality improvement, improved marketing, training and capacity building. In a memorandum submitted by an artisan representative Binita Jigdung highlighted some of the problems faced by the artisans of the Dhansiripar locality. She stated that there was a need to strengthen the access of raw materials, introduce more efficient processes and techniques, orient them to produce for markets and strengthen linkages with relevant markets. She also addressed the urgent need to change the existing machineries since the existing technology was very hard and slow in production. Binita Jigdung also recommended higher wages for the artisans and facilities like children education from lower classes to encourage the artisans. The meet also saw the inauguration of ‘Balvijay Sewa Kendra’ recently constructed by Nagaland Khadi and Village Industries Sangh (NKVIS) for training and production of silk khadi.

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