Thursday, August 18, 2022

Workshop for handicraft artisans held in Wokha

A workshop/seminar for handicraft artisans under Ambedkar Hastshilp Vikas Yojana (AHVY) scheme sponsored by Office of the Development Commissioner (Handicraft) Ministry of textile, GoI and implemented by NEPED, was held on July 7 and 8 at Town Hall, Wokha Town.
In a press release from NEPED, it stated, special guest, deputy commissioner (DC), Ajit Kumar Ranjan, IAS in his address emphasised on indigenous crafting of items and to have a broader variety of items to be exhibited in the markets, and also to accumulate ideas and designs from different existing aspects of handicrafts without losing the traditional identity that fulfill the market demands. He also urged NEPED team and office of Ministry of Textile to focus and support on design research, technology, support credit and financial assistance as the state lacked in these areas stating that “we are unable to export the goods to the fullest possible potential”.
Further, Sr. Asst. Director (H) HSC, Kohima, T. Rollee Vareishim delivered a brief highlight on various schemes of DC (Handicrafts) and also the ‘fast access benefits’ of artisan card, and branch manager, Bank of Baroda, Wokha branch, W. Nahphoa also spoke on MUDRA loan; its benefits, and the required documents for applying the loan while handicraft promotion officer, HSC Kohima, Rajib Chandra Roy highlighted about the GeM Portal for Handicraft Artisans.
Commercial State Taxes officer, Wokha, T. Chanbemo Kikon also gave a brief talk where he highlighted on importance of GST and tax benefits in handicraft for artisans. He also emphasised about on how to register and the required documentation and criteria for the registration.
Later, state awardee, jute craft master trainer, Nagaland Women Vocational Training Institute (NWVTI), Marilyn Z. Yanthan highlighted about importance of design. She gave a brief highlight about NWVTI which provided free training on different trades such as cane and bamboo, embroidery, tailoring, etc.
Earlier, NEPED member Er. Renbenthung Humtsoe, chaired the workshop/seminar while NEPED member David V Yepthomi pronounced the vote of thanks. It may be noted that around 200 participants registered under the seminar.

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