Virbhadra keen to get a patent for Himachal shawls

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Himachal Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh on Tuesday advocated patent for state’s traditional shawls to prevent  looms of neighbouring states spinning the counterfeit products.

“It has been observed that many power loom industries were producing spurious replicas of Kullu and other genres of shawls as these shawls were in great demand not only in the country but also abroad. Steps should be taken to patent these products,” Virbhadra Singh said while addressing members of Bhuttico Weaver Cooperative Society at Mohal in Kullu.

The Chief Minister also stressed the need to revive silk and wool industries in the State. Citing the example of Nurpur silk mill, he said Nurpur silk sari and pashmina shawl had high demand in the country but many such handloom industries in the State despite having adequate infrastructure were idle and there was a need to revive them.

Virbhadra Singh said Bhuttico weaver’s society of Kullu was the first weaver cooperative society in the country that was formed in Himachal Pradesh in handicraft sector. The Himachal wool and silk industry which was well established in those days, needed to be given a fillip.

He said that small and medium scale industries were contributing a lot in economy of the people of the State by providing direct and indirect employment. He added that small scale industries were contributing up to 40 percent in export of various products. He said that information technology also had a significant role to play in this sector.

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