As Kashmir witnesses a booming tourism season this year, the state government has launched a special drive to stop sale of fake handicrafts to the visitors.
A team of handicrafts department’s quality control officers on Monday inspected the tourist spot of Pahalgam, 100 km south of Srinagar.
“A number of dealers were found violating the tourist trade quality control act by selling fake, unlabeled Kashmir handicrafts in the name of genuine Kashmir handicrafts,” said a senior official.
The team imposed a penalty of Rs 8,400 on the erring dealers. “All the erring dealers were warned not to indulge in such malpractices in the future,” said the officer.
The department has constituted special squads of quality control officers and inspectors for checking and eradicating the menace of selling of fake Kashmir handicrafts.
“Dealing are directed to sell only genuine and authentic handicraft items,” said the officer.