On occasion, the Minister was informed of the activities, progress and development in these sectors by the officials concerned. They informed her of the achievements, programs, direct and indirect job creation and the number of beneficiaries registered in the various programs of these departments.
A review of the Handicrafts Sector was presented by the Director of Handicrafts, Mehmood Ahmad, while as the Director of Sericulture, Manzoor Ahmad Qadri made a presentation on the sector. Various activities concerning these departments such as tweed work, zari embroidery, chain stitch, namda and gabba work were highlighted in detail.
During the procedure, he was informed that some important steps have been taken for the revival of arts and crafts, including the merger of the departments of crafts and hand weaving, financial assistance to companies of crafts and hand weaving, improved allowances, artisan credit card, Karkhandar and MSP programs and education program for artisans and weavers.
The sericulture department gave detailed information on the propagation of improved mulberry varieties, production of quality silkworm seeds, assistance to farmers in silkworm breeding, organization of markets for cocoon auction and promotion of silk farming in the private sector. In addition, the department has chawki incubation and breeding centers (ICRC) and is adapting to improved and new silkworm breeding technologies, officers said.