Authorities conduct market checking in tourist areas, due to sale of fake Kashmiri handicraft
Srinagar/IBNS: Amid complaints of unscrupulous elements selling fake handicraft items in the name of Kashmir craft, the government has decided to act tough against these elements who are defaming indigenous craft.
In this regard, a joint inspection drive was carried out in the notified tourist areas of Polo View, Residency Road and its adjoining markets by the officials of the Handicrafts and Tourism Departments to check the implementation of the Jammu & Kashmir Tourist Trade Act, Jammu & Kashmir Handicrafts Quality Control Act and Jammu and Kashmir Namdha Quality Control Act.
During the course of inspection, some handicraft dealers were found violating the norms of the said acts and were penalized on the spot with Rs 5,000.
The dealers were strictly warned to desist from the sale of fake machine-made lookalikes of Kashmiri art products and were advised to fix tags depicting price and composition on each item displayed for sale.
The dealers were also apprised about the benefits of the Geographical Identification (GI) tagging on the notified Kashmir Crafts.