The Handicrafts Service Centre, Jodhpur, is a field office of the Development Commissioner (Handi-crafts) under the Ministry of Textiles, Government of India. The Jodhpur field office have 11 districts, namely Jodhpur, Pali, Hanumangarh, Barmer, Jaisalmer, Bikaner, Ganganagar, Nagaur, Jalore, Churu and Jhunjhunu under their jurisdiction.
Kiran V. N., Assistance Director (H), Handicrafts Service Centre, Jodhpur, spoke to BE’s Kuntala Sarkar.
Q. What are the vocational trainings that are being organised by the Development Commissioner (Handicrafts)?
A. At present, the office of Development Commissioner (Handicraft) is implementing the following seven schemes for promotion and development of handicraft sector. The Baba Saheb Hastshilp Vikas Yojana is one of them. The department is also looking into design and technology upgradation. We are also trying to provide marketing support and services and we are also aiming at research and development that involves human and resource development. The department has also initiated a Handicrafts Artisans Comprehensive Welfare Scheme and an Infrastructure and Technology Development Scheme.
The National Handicraft Development Programme for development and promotion of Handicrafts Sector will involve the Ambedkar Hastshilp Vikas Yojana, marketing support and also involve research and development.
Q. What handicraft products are your organisation focusing on?
A. Phalodi, Chenar, Nagaur, Salawas, Luni, Jodhpur, Phalodi, Ram Garh, Pokhran, Jalore, Salawas, Luni, Phalodi, Jalore, Hanuman Garh, Pili Banga, Sujan Garh, and Rattan Garh are some of the handicraft rich areas under our jurisdiction. We are currently focusing on yellow stone carving, embroidery, appliqué and patch work terracotta, pattu weaving, artwork involving horn and bone, metal art ware and crochet goods.
Q. How important is the handicraft sector for the Indian economy and how is it evolving?
A. The handicrafts sector is important for the Indian economy as it is one of the largest employment generators and accounts for a significant share in the country’s exports and generates foreign exchange for the country. It is also true that Indian handicrafts are well-known for its intricate artistic works. The Indian handicrafts industry is fragmented, with more than seven million regional artisans.