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Gem and jewellery body to issue ID card for artisans

Press Trust of India  |  Kolkata 

The Gem & Export Promotion Council (GJEPC), the apex body of the gems and industry, has introduced identity card for artisans in which will be rolled out nationally later this month.

GJEPC is holding advanced talks with the ministry of skill development and entrepreneurship (MoSDE) for national classification of gem & sector workers/ craftsmen under LMIS (Labour Management Information Systems).

This segment-wise classification of workers, craftsmen and artisans will provide additional benefits under relevant MoSDE schemes, it said.

The council has also created Swasthya Kosh, a special fund to offer to identity card holders and their families.

The card would benefit the entire gem & jewellery industry and ensure proper authentication for social security purposes, it said.

The objective of this project was to create a verified and well-crafted database for gem & jewellery workers to provide them better job opportunities, help find financial support from banks and financial institutions and provide better through specially designed smart card, a GJEPC statement said on Friday.

Pramod Kumar Agrawal, chairman, GJEPC, said, "The USD 40 billion gem and jewellery industry was heavily dependent on the artisans and craftsmen of "

Today, has become a global pioneer in the business of diamond processing, only because of these extremely talented and skilled workforce, he added.

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First Published: Fri, January 11 2019. 20:10 IST