GOI keen to fund skill centre for handloom & handicrafts in Sikkim

New Delhi, 13 Jun [IPR]: Chief Minister Prem Singh Tamang [Golay] met Minister of Textiles, Women and Child Development, Smriti Zubin Irani, here today.

The CM was accompanied by RMDD Minister Sonam Lama, Chief Secretary AK Shrivastava and Secretary to the Chief Minister, SD Dhakal.

After exchange of pleasantries, Ms Irani recalled her visit to Sikkim as Union HRDD Minister in 2017-18.

She said that a specialized fund for handloom & handicrafts sector could be considered for the state in view of its vast potential and booming tourism.

She suggested that the State Government organize a conference in Gangtok to discuss all the issues concerning her departments so that not only could the stakeholders be heard but also requisite guidelines could be given by the Centre.

It was also informed that one of the handloom & handicrafts centre in the district was ready for inauguration.

R Singh, Secretary, Textile Department, suggested that the State develop a skill centre which will be fully funded by the Government of India.

The Chief Secretary in turn indicated that all issues concerning women and children were fully under control in the state. All Government of India schemes were being implemented well and that empowerment of women in Sikkim was on a higher pedestal.