Donot sell non-Kashmiri spurious craft items to tourists:authorities

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Srinagar, June 1 (UNI) Concerned over the sale of spurious craft items to tourists as Kashmiri products, the Jammu and Kashmir Tourism enforcement and Handicraft department has launched a massive drive against such dealers, an official spokesman said today.

He said to maintain the quality and sale of centuries old arts and crafts of Kashmir, a joint inspection team of both the departments have decided to conduct surprise raids on handicraft dealers in the valley.

He said, during an inspection the team found one dealer involved in the malpractice of selling spurious craft items like non-Kashmir machine made Shawls, non-Kashmir machine made carpets labeled as ''Kashmiri'' and Namdhas without Namdha Quality Control mark.

The dealer was booked on spot under the provisions of Registration of Tourist Trade Act 1978/82, he added.

Spokesman warned dealers of stringent action under law if they are found involved in any malpractices.

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