STATE TIMES NEWS SRINAGAR: Advisor to Governor, K Skandan, on Wednesday chaired separate meetings to review the implementation of CAPEX Budget 2018-19 and 2019-20 of Handicrafts Department, Handicrafts (S&E) Corporation, Handloom Department and Handloom Development Corporations here. During the meeting, the Advisor took sector wise review of progress of the Departments and Corporations under the CAPEX Budget allocation and implementation of welfare schemes. The Advisor was informed that an allocation of Rs 889.51 lakh has been sanctioned for Handicrafts Department and Handicrafts (S&E) Corporation under CAPEX Budget 2019 – 20. It was said that out of the sanctioned allocation, Rs 340.25 lakh have been released and Rs 10.47 lakh have been spent till June 2019 under the budget. The meeting was also told that under CAPEX Budget 2018-19, out of approved outlay of Rs 839.52 lakh, 817.48 lakh were spent for the year achieving a target of 97 per cent utilization of the total budget. With regard to the progress of J&K Handicrafts (S&E) Corporation, it was given out that all the approved outlay of Rs 527.50 lakh was expended for the year 2018-19 under the CAPEX Budget. Whereas, for the year 2019-20, a total of Rs 152.50 lakh outlay was approved, the meeting was informed. On the occasion, the Advisor enquired about the implementation of several schemes and also about the trainees who have been trained from the skill development institutes. He also suggested for the integration of different schemes under one head and convergence of welfare schemes for the larger benefit of the artisans and handloom weavers. The meeting was also informed that an Art Gallery at Kashmir Haat Srinagar is being developed at an estimated cost of Rs 150 lakh and Rs 75 lakh have been released for the project. Under Artisan Credit Card (ACC) scheme, Rs 300 lakh have been allocated, of which Rs 150 lakh have been released for self employment to individual artisans, the meeting was told.
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