Srinagar: Recognizing Purzgars as an important section among the stakeholders in shawl manufacturing, a simple but impressive function was organized by the Handicrafts & Handloom Department Kashmir in association with Kashmir Pashmina Organization where in Registration certificates were distributed amongst the Purzgars.
The Purzgars are instrumental in giving finish to the Kashmiri Shawls as the unique touch and feel aspect to the Kashmiri shawls is attributed to the fine craftsmanship of the Purzgars.
Acknowledging their indispensability, registration of the Purzgars was accomplished and the registration certificates were awarded to them at their workplaces.
The registration certificates shall make the Purzgars eligible for various Governmental schemes which include financial assistance under Artisan Credit Card, MUDRA Scheme and other related avenues.
On the sidelines of the function, problems with regard to their wages, equipment and their working scenario were also discussed with the Director Handicrafts & Handloom Kashmir, Mahmood Ahmad Shah.
This development of registering Purzgars came in wake of the departmental outreach programme to register the artisans and stakeholders who have not been approached till now. Earlier the registration of Hawkers (Pheriwalas) was also done on the same analogy.
The decision has been widely acknowledged and appreciated by various organizations including Kashmir Pashmina Karigar Union and Kashmir Pashmina Association as members from the associations were also part of the ceremony.