'Pashmina wool weavers need incentives'

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Jammu
  • Updated: Jul 27, 2014 20:20 IST

Chairman of Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council (LAHDC), Kargil, Asgar Ali Karbalai, on Sunday urged union textile minister Santosh Kumar Gangwar to provide more incentives to the Pashmina wool sector in Kargil district. He said despite Kargil producing nearly 300 kilograms of Pashmina, people involved in the trade faced several problems. He said the sector was badly hit in 1999 when a large number of livestock had died during the Kargil War.

Karbalai said the livestock should be insured and workers should be provided financial assistance to feed nutritional supplements to their livestock.

Karbalai also briefed the minister about the proposal submitted to the union ministry of textiles on the issue of incentives and urged him to take a decision regarding its implementation. The minister, who was also extended an invitation to visit Kargil, had reportedly accepted the same.

The Pashmina livestock is mostly reared in higher areas of Kargil and Leh districts. The finest quality shawls are made from the wool produced by them. The Pashmina sector had developed after Central Wool Development Board established a Pashmina Wool Centre in Kargil district.

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