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Jammu & Kashmir Karkhandar Scheme For Development of Craft Sector :

Organisation : Department of industries and commerce
Facility Name : Karkhandar Scheme For Development of Craft Sector
Applicable For : Pass-Out Trainee/Ex-Trainee From a Departmental Training Center
Applicable State/UT : Jammu & Kashmir
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What is Karkhandar Scheme For Development of Craft Sector?

A training and skilling upgradation scheme by the Department of Industries & Commerce and implemented by the Directorate of Handicraft & Handloom, Government of Jammu & Kashmir wherein passout meritorious trainees and ex-trainees from departmental training centers are identified and are provided skill upgradation training in crafts which are facing human resource crunch as well as in languishing crafts.

Related / Similar Scheme : Jammu & Kashmir Integrated Social Security Scheme

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Registered Karkhanas/Karkhandars are identified who are willing to enroll a batch of trainees and ex-trainees in their Karkhana. A minimum of five trainees for a small Karkhana and a maximum of 10 trainees for a big Karkhana. A minimum of one and a maximum of five training programs per craft shall be considered for the six-month duration of the training program.

Objectives of Karkhandar Scheme

1. Revive the languishing crafts.
2. Upscale the learning techniques of trainees.
3. Improve the wage earnings of the craftsmen by leading them into collectivization
4. Create linkages with producer organizations to inculcate entrepreneurship skills and aptitude in the trainees.

Benefits of Karkhandar Scheme

Financial assistance to Trainees:
** Rate of stipend per trainee/ per month:- ₹2000/- (₹1000/- shall be paid through an individual bank account and the rest of the amount shall be disbursed on the successful completion of probation/ practical training session).
** The trainees are facilitated in the opening of Bank accounts under the Pradhan Mantri Jan-Dhan Yojana (PMJDY).

Financial assistance to the Karkhandar (Trainer):
** Logistic Charges/Honorarium to Trainer/Karkhandar: ₹ 2000/- per trainee per month. (A minimum of five trainees for an identified small Karkhana and a maximum of 10 trainees for an identified big Karkhana.)
** The Karkhandar is provided a lump sum of ₹25,000/- per batch as expenditure on account of all the logistics needed for running the training program successfully, i.e. tools, equipment, looms, raw material, space, etc.

The amount shall be disbursed in two installments:
** 1st installment at the commencement of the training program
** 2nd installment on successful completion of the training program.

** The honorarium to Karkhandars shall be disbursed only after assessing that the desired level of skills is achieved by the trainee and trainees shall be evaluated through an approved qualifying framework devised for skill up-gradation level.
** The disbursement shall be through DBT mode only.

Eligibility of Karkhandar Scheme

** The applicant must be a pass-out trainee/ex-trainee from a departmental training center.
** The departmental training center must be run by the Handicrafts & Handloom Department.
** The applicant must have an Aadhaar linked Bank Account.

How To Apply For Karkhandar Scheme?

To apply for Karkhandar Scheme for Development of Craft Sector, Follow the below steps

Offline :
1. Take print of the format of the application form and the Affidavit provided in Annexure-A & Annexure-B of the scheme guidelines:

2. Duly fill and sign the Application Form and the Affidavit, attach the self-attested copies of the supporting documents along with a passport-size photograph, and submit the same to the given address:

Directorate of Handicrafts & Handloom
Govt . of Jammu & Kashmir
J.L.N. Udyog Bhavan, Railhead Complex, Panama Chowk
Jammu, Jammu & Kashmir – 180 016

The physical copy of the format of the application form & the Affidavit can also be obtained from the Directorate of Handicrafts and Handloom.

Documents Required For Karkhandar Scheme

** Aadhaar Number
** Bank Details
** Domicile Certificate
** Proof of Identity
** Proof of Age/DOB
** Proof reg. Latest Educational Qualification
** Proof of Training(s) Received (if any)
** Registration Card (Handicrafts & Handloom Department, Govt. of Jammu & Kashmir) (if registered)
** Supporting documents regarding the number of wholesalers/ retailers/ exporters/ e-commerce portals with whom market linkages have been established by the Karkhandar

Additional Simplified Procedure

The Karkhandar Scheme is an initiative by the Department of Industries & Commerce, Jammu & Kashmir, and is implemented by the Directorate of Handicraft & Handloom It aims to improve the skillset of artisans and revive languishing crafts in the region.

Here’s a summary of the eligibility and application process:
** You must be a meritorious trainee who has passed out from a departmental training center run by the J&K Handicrafts & Handloom Department.
** Alternatively, you can be an ex-trainee from such a center.
** There are no strict limitations on your chosen craft, but some advantages are given to languishing crafts (crafts facing a decline in popularity or practice).
** You must possess an Aadhaar card linked to your bank account.

Application Process:
The specific application process might differ slightly depending on the implementing authority.

However, here’s a general guideline:
1. Reach out to the concerned authorities: Contact the Directorate of Handicraft & Handloom or the department implementing the scheme in your area. They can provide you with the latest information and application forms.

2. Collect the application form: Fill out the application form completely and accurately.

3.Gather required documents: Along with the application form, you will likely need to submit documents like:
** Aadhaar card
** Bank account details
** Domicile certificate
** Proof of identity and age
** Proof of educational qualification (if any)
** Proof of training received (if any)
** Registration card (from the J&K Handicrafts & Handloom Department, if registered)
** Supporting documents regarding market linkages established by the Karkhandar (if applicable)

4. Submit the application: Submit the completed application form and all necessary documents to the designated authority.

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