Employment Through Handicraft Sector in Jammu & Kashmir State: A Comparative Study of Kathua and Anantnag District

Mohd Arif Bhat


India has witnessed an impressive GDP growth rate past three decades; its growth has been rapid since the post reform period of the 1990's. To this high growth rate, it increases per capita income, decline in absolute poverty rate, as well as improvement in standard of living. In India the economic growth which started after 1947 took momentum after economic reforms were introduced. Today, India is recognized as second fastest growing economy after China and is emerging as a superpower in the years to come. No doubt, India's GDP and per capita income is growing continuously but employment is not growing as compare to its GDP. Currently with one of the highest youth population in the world, India faces its greatest opportunity as well as challenge.  To tackle this high rate of population, it needs employment opportunities as well as skill. Present study focused on employment generation through handicraft sector, their types of employment in handicraft sector and the level of poverty among handicraft artisans. The study was carried out from Kathua and Anantnag District of Jammu and Kashmir State.

Keywords: Employment, Income, Poverty, Handicraft, Artisan

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