Government To Revive Pilibhit’s Flute Industry

In a bid to revive the traditional flute industry of Pilibhit, the Union Ministry for MSMEs have recently come up with a set of initiatives. The government plans to promote the flute artisans by helping them in building their own platforms to produce and sell their flutes through a flute cluster under Scheme of fund for regeneration of traditional industries (SFURTI).

Flute industry has been on a decline over the past few years. Talking to KNN, Shadab Nabi, manager at Prince Flute Industries welcomed the Government’s initiative. “8 to 10 years ago, there were almost 250 families involved in the business of making flutes, but these numbers have gone down drastically, at present its just 30-40 families in Pilbhit that make flutes, Government’s initiative will help revive this dying industry” he said.

For the implementation of the plan, the KVIC (khadi and village industries commission) will function as the nodal agency and Grunt Thornton; a Delhi based organization will provide technical assistance to the industry. Also a Shahjahanpur-based NGO, Vinoba Sevashram will manage the plan at local level. The main focus of the plan includes utilizing remains of bamboo in manufacturing ice cream sticks, agarbatti sticks etc., to generate additional earnings.

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