Office of the Development Commissioner (Handicrafts)


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What are the visiting hours for Development Commissioner (Handicrafts) ?

10.00 AM to 12.00 Noon (visitors may also meet on prior appointment at any time)


Directory of officers posted at Hqrs. Office



Are the compendium of the scheme available for public?

Yes, it is available in ample quantity. The details are on the website and can also be taken from the O/o DC(H)


What are the other publications of Office of the DC(H) available?

Shilp Shancharika, Brochures of Shilp Guru & Nation Awardee’s, book on handmade in India.


Institutes under O/o DC(H)

IICT, Bhadohi/Srinagar, BCDI Agartala, CDI Srinagar.


How are NGOs selected?

Grading proforma for selection of NGOs, partner has been devised.  See


How an artisans is registered ?

Registration of an artisans is done by the respective marketing service Centres the selected artisans is issued an I card. See


Is there exist any publication Highlighting Indian Handicrafts?

Yes, “Hand made in India” an encyclopedia of India Handicrafts available on cost at COHANDS.


Is any International Handicrafts Gift fair organized in India?

Yes, IHGF(Spring) I.H.G.F.(Autumn) every year at  I.E.M.L. Greater Noida.


Is there any National Handicrafts Design Gallery?

Yes, one at Rajiv Gandhi Handicrafts Bhawan, Baba Kharag Singh Marg, New Delhi.


How many schemes does exist

1.      Baba Sahab Ambedkar Hastshilp Vikas yojna.

2.      Design & Technology up-gradation scheme.

3.      Marketing Support & Services Scheme.

4.      Human Resources Development Scheme.

5.      Handicrafts Artisan comprehensive Welfare Scheme.

6.      Research & Development Scheme.


How are the schemes being implemented?

Proposals related to Handicrafts Sector are submitted by the Executing Agency in Handicrafts Marketing Centres of O/o DC(H) which are scattered across the country. The Marketing Centre sends the same to the concerned Regional Offices where the proposals is examined and further sent to Head Quarter Office for sanction. Head Quarter Office obtains the approval of competent authority for the proposal and after the approval letter to this effect is sent to the concerned Executing Agency.


How the funds are released?

Having receipt of sanction of the proposal, the concerned Executing Agency sends the pre-receipted bill to Head Quarter Office for payment which other required documents such as Bond duly executed and accepted copy of Terms and Conditions. The bill is processed in Head Quarter office and send to Central Pay and Accounts Office for passing the bill, issuing cheques in case of local payment and preparing Draft from bank in case of outstation payment.


How the payments is sent to Executing Agency?

After receipt of cheques/drafts from Central Pay & Accounts Office, the Head Quarter Office sends the payment to the concerned executing agency by Registered post.


What is the main objective of AHVY scheme?

     Diagnostic survey of the identified cluster is the prima-facie requirement for ascertaining the needs of specific interventions required for making the cluster self-sustainable.

   Mobilization of the beneficiaries shall be undertaken in the clusters where diagnostic survey has been completed. This activity shall include mobilizing the community business enterprise. With introduction of economic reforms through liberalization, privatization and globalization, India has entered into a new era of economic development and therefore, Community Empowerment programme for handicrafts sector/Cooperative/SHGs is a must to empower the artisans by making them active entrepreneurs-cum-primary stake holders of development and brining them to a visible platform so as to enhance their operational efficiency and competitiveness to face the new challenges and make them viable and self supporting economic entity.


Procedure for selection of fresh projects.

The NGOs may submit their self assessment (optional) to the concerned field office duly filled in along with all the documentary proof.

The Asstt. Director on the basis of the documents provided with the proposals shall review the scoring pattern.

The Asstt. Director shall not reject any proposal at his level. All proposals received at HM&SECs shall be forwarded to Regional Office after grading.

If the difference of points between the assessment of the field office and the NGO is more than 20% (+/-) a committee of 3 officers headed by RD should be formed at the regional office level to review & draw up a final grading. The concerned IA/NGO shall be given an opportunity to explain their position & support documents in respect of their claim. The committee will have the concerned Asstt. Director, and officer of the Regional Office as deemed fit as member and the Regional Director as Chairman.

The consolidated grading of all NGOs under the jurisdiction of concerned regional director should reach the office along with the proposals.

Every eligible NGO/IA shall be asked to make a presentation, may be 10 minutes duration, to the above committee on the proposed project covering the objective, their involvement in the proposed cluster, methodology of implementation, marketing channels and other forward & backward linkage. Based on the merit & selection criteria, the cluster & agency shall to be selected. A half page note from Regional Director/Regional Screening Committee shall be sent alongwith each proposal justifying the grounds on which the proposal holds merit.

The implementing agency/NGOs whose proposals are not recommended by Regional Screening Committee shall be communicated accordingly.

The reason of selection or rejection of each proposal shall be clearly communicated to Hq. Office.


What is credit guarantee scheme?

To address the problems of handicrafts artisans were facing the lack of credit, o/o DC(H) has launched Credit Guarantee Scheme to alleviate the problem of Collateral Security of 3rd party guarantee and remove impediments to flow of credit to handicrafts sector.


What is the R&D scheme?

Research and Development Scheme is a central sector scheme introduced in the year 1956-57 to generate feed back on Economic, social, aesthetic and promotional aspects of various crafts and artisans in the handicrafts sector.


What is the use of conducting census of handicrafts artisans in the country?

The objective of the census is to build a sound data base of the sector and get on overview of the impact of various past and current policy measures of the Government in improving and augmenting the scope of the sector.


When has last census being conducted and what is the number of artisans in the country as per the survey conducted?

The last census of handicrafts artisans in the country has been conducted in the year 1995-96. The report indicates a total number of 47.61 lakhs Artisans in the country enumerated during the survey. The region wise breakup of the artisans enumerated during the census of 1995-96 is given as under :



No. of Artisans (1995-96) (in lakhs)

Northern Region

Delhi, Punjab, Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, Haryana, Chandigarh(UT)


Central Region

Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand


Eastern Region

West Bengal, Bihar, Orrissa, Jharkhand, Chattisgarh


North Eastern Region

Assam, Manipur, Tripura, Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram, Naga,and, Sikkim, Meghalay


Western Region

Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Goa, Gujarat, Daman & Diu (UT).


Southern Region

Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Pondicherry (UT), Andaman & Nicobar (UT), Lakshadweep(UT).




Why is census proposed to be conducted on the policy framed of covering 20% districts every year during the 11th Five Year Plan.

It is planned to conduct a complete census of handicraft artisans in the country over the 5 years period, covering 20% of the districts every year, in such a way as to give due representation to all the major crafts so that it is possible to generate National level estimates of key indicators of the handicrafts sector at the end of each year.


How to participate in Gandhi Shilp Bazar?

The approved calendar is published in all important Newspapers all over the country in the beginning of financial year i.e. April/May for inviting application from the interested registered craft person all over the country. The craftsperson’s are requested to submit their application to their nearest marketing centre of field offices of O/o DC(H).

The HM&SEC/CWTSC/Regional Office the list of artisans for participation in Gandhi Shilp Bazar & send it to concerned Regional Director’s where the event is being organized with a copy to Hqrs. Office. The  stalls are provided free of cost.


Is the TA is paid to participating craft person in  Gandhi Shilp Bazar?

Actual second class Rail fare/Bus fare is being paid to the crafpersons who comes from more them 500 kms. Distance once in a year. On a recommendation of parliamentary committee on labour, the action has been initiated for payment of TA to the craftpersons who comes from 100 kms.


What is allotment policy for Dill Haat?

The space in Dill Haat are provided to artisans/weavers on the basis of advt. made in the newspapers inviting application from the artisans/weaver registered with our field offices and holding I/card through draw of lots. Artisans who have not participated for more than six months in Dill Haat are eligible through draw of lots.


What are the features of Suraj Kund Craft Mela?

The Suraj Kund Craft Mela is an important marketing activities for Handicrafts artisnas. This mela is organized by the Suraj Kund Mela Authority every year from 1st to 15th February. In this mela approx. 200 handicrafts artisans including Shilp Guru/National Awardees are invited for participation to sell their product.


Map indicating handicrafts location in India.

Map Enclosed.


What are the welfare measure for handicraft artisans ?

 Broadly welfare measure for the handicraft artisans are for the following :


·        Janshree Bima Yojana under which an artisan can avail insurance coverage by paying an annual premium of Rs.40 only.  The insurance cover is for natural death, accidental death , partial or complete disability. Besides a scholarships to two children for ensured artisans is also given @ Rs.300 per quarter per child for studing in class IXth to 12th.

·        Rajiv Gandhi Shilpi Swasthya Bima Yojana which is health insurance scheme in which an artisan gets a medical cover of Rs.15,000 and a person accidental cover by paying annual premium of just Rs.200/-.  However if the artisan belongs to SC/ST/BPL/NER, his/her annual contribution is just Rs.100/-.  The details of this scheme is available on website :



what is the procedure for empanelment as a designer ?

If the designer is an alumni of an NID or NIFT,  he/she is not reqired to seek formal empanelment.  However, all other designer have to apply to concerned Regional Director for empanelment as designer.  These designers once empanelled can take up implementation of design related interventions being sanctioned to various eligible implementing agencies under plan schemes of this office.


Is it possible to access National awardees/Shilp Gurus ?

Yes, the details of such awardees are available on the website.



What benefits a National  Awardee/Shilp Guru Awardee can avail ?

These awardees are eligible for being selected for participation in various international events organized in foreign countries.


The National awardees get priority allotment in Suraj Kund Mela and Master creations organized in Dilli Haat every year.


What are the details of skill Upgradation Programme?

Office of  DC(Handicrafts) is implementing a HRD Scheme to provide qualified and trained workforce capable of Establishment and strong production base coupled with improvement quality and use of appropriate techniques, processes and innovative designs to meet the present market requirements.